Little River Poetry Festival

A Retreat

ABOUT THE LITTLE RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL

Moving into its third year, the Little River Poetry Festival takes place in the beautiful rolling hills of Floyd, Virginia. Come enjoy the tranquility and creativity of the third year of poetry, friends, and fun!

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Jack Callan and Judith Stevens are two experienced poets based out of Norfolk, Virginia. This dynamic team put together the festival after being inspired while traveling down the Little River.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Bring your notebooks and your creativity for this retreat! The Little River Poetry Festival features an open mic every afternoon and evening, as well as workshops and featured poets.

WHY ATTEND THE FESTIVAL?

If you’re looking to sharpen your poetry skills and be around others in your community, the Little River Poetry Festival is the perfect place for you. Get to know fellow poets, work on your writing skills, and experience Floyd, Virginia in all of its beauty.

14

READERS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS

3

DAYS

5

MUSICIANS

6

OPEN MICS

DON’T MISS THIS AMAZING POETRY FESTIVAL AND RETREAT!

OUR POETS

Talent abounds in our line up of featured poets and workshop leaders. Each reader brings something different to the table with the diversity of their experiences and training shining through.

Featured Poets and Workshop Leaders:

-Jack Callan
-Judith Stevens
-Derek Kannemeyer
-Jill Winkowski
-Serena Fusek
-Mara Robbins
-Katherine Sowers
-Colleen Redman
-Katherine Chantal
-J. Scott Wilson
-Star LaBranche
-Dave King

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

DAY 1 SCHEDULE

2:00PM

2:00PM -

Walt Whitman Yoga

3:00PM

3:00PM -

Music with Kristi & Musicians

3:30PM

3:30PM -

Welcome with Jack & Judith

3:45PM

3:45PM -

Workshop with Judith Stevens "Poetry Warmup"

4:15PM

4:15PM -

Derek Kannemeyer Reading

5:15PM

5:15PM -

Open Mic

6:15PM

6:15PM -

Dinner in the Meadow (suggested donation $10)

7:00PM

7:00PM -

Yoga/Meditation

7:15PM

7:15PM -

Jill Winkowski Reading

7:45PM

7:45PM -

Workshop with Jill Winkowski

8:15PM

8:15PM -

The Craft of Poetry with Derek Kannemeyer

8:45PM

8:45PM -

Open Mic

9:45PM

9:45PM -

Closing Meditation & Campfire with Music

DAY 2 SCHEDULE

6:00AM

6:00AM -

Bird walk with Sarah (Meet at the tent)

7:00AM

7:00AM -

Gentle Yoga in the Meadow Tent

8:00AM

8:00AM -

Walt Whitman Yoga

9:00AM

9:00AM -

Kayak Trip for Poet Kayakers

11:00AM

11:00AM -

Poetry Reading and Workshop with Serena Fusek

12:30AM

12:30AM -

Lunch in the Meadow (suggested donation $10)

1:30PM

1:30PM -

Open Mic

2:30PM

2:30PM -

"Wrath of God" Editing Workshop with Jack Callan

12:00PM

12:00PM -

Readings by Mara Robbins, Katherine Sowers, Colleen Redman, and Katherine Chantal

4:30PM

4:30PM -

Open Mic

5:30PM

5:30PM -

Dinner in the Meadow (suggested donation $10)

7:00PM

7:00PM -

Walt Whitman Yoga

7:15PM

7:15PM -

Colleen Redman Reading

3:45PM

3:45PM - 4:15PM

Reading by Colleen Redman

7:45PM

7:45PM -

Poetic Panel with Derek, Mara, Jill, and Jack

8:15PM

8:15PM -

Reading with Mara Robbins

8:45PM

8:45PM -

"Little River" Reading by Jack Callan

9:45PM

9:45PM -

Open Mic Followed by Closing Meditation and Campfire with Music

DAY 3 SCHEDULE

6:00AM

6:00AM -

Bird walk with Sarah (Meet at the tent)

7:00AM

7:00AM -

Breakfast in Town

8:00AM

8:00AM -

Walt Whitman Yoga and Meditation

8:45AM

8:45AM -

Hiker's Trip to Rocky Knob

For anyone who doesn’t want to participate in the hike, there will be workshops and readings at the tent during this time.

9:30AM

9:30AM -

Poetry Workshop with J. Scott Wilson

10:30AM

10:30AM -

Star LaBranche Reading

11:00AM

11:00AM -

Dave King Reading

11:30PM

11:30PM -

Workshop with Mara Eve Robbins

1:30PM

1:30PM -

Open Mic

2:30PM

2:30PM -

Music with Kristi & musicians

3:00PM

3:00PM -

Closing Stretches and Farewell

frequently asked questions

What is cell phone reception like at the Festival?

Cell phone reception is not the best. Verizon gets the best reception.

Is there camping available?

Yes! There definitely is. There is primitive camping available in the field where the festival is taking place. Further camping (with electricity and running water) can be found at Daddy Rabbit’s Campground, a short drive away.

Where else can I say in Floyd?

If camping is not your thing, there are many other places you can stay in Floyd, Virginia.

What should I bring with me?

First of all, your notebook! We encourage everyone to bring wet weather gear, including an umbrella and raincoat. Also, sunblock and bug spray.

Where can I learn more about the Little River Poetry Festival?

Be sure to check the official festival blog for all of the latest information and updates!

How much does it cost to attend the festival?

It costs $15 per day, which means one can attend the entire weekend for $45. Additional charges are meals and any chapbooks you might want to purchase from the poets.

What will the weather be like?

Last year we had amazing sunshine everyday. Keep in mind it can rain, so be prepared with wet weather gear. There will be sides on the tent in case of inclimate weather.

How can I register for the festival?

Simply download the form below and mail it in with your payment to register.

I have an additional question, who can answer it?

If you have a question we haven’t answered here, feel free to contact us through our official Facebook page to get the answers to all of your questions.

Access the registration form now

Fill and download the registration form and mail it in with your payment in order to attend the festival. We welcome every poet, from expert to beginner. 

 

We also have nature events for non-poets to partake in.

 

As always, our policy is to let everyone move freely through the day with plenty of opportunities to write on your own, should inspiration strike you.

 

Mailing address:

Judith Stevens

2931 Somme Ave

Norfolk, VA 23509

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

OFFICIAL LITTLE RIVER BLOG

Apr 12th

Poetry Tips for Beginners: How to Get Started Now

If you're a writer looking for poetry tips, welcome to this Little River Poetry Fest blog post! Use the following to help
12 Apr, 2018 1
Poetry Prompts: 30 Prompts to Get you Through 30 for 30
Mar 30th

Poetry Prompts: 30 Prompts to Get you Through 30 for 30

April is almost a upon us and poets know what that means. The National Poetry Month 30 for 30 challenge is coming
30 Mar, 2018 0
How Can Poetry Help Us Process Emotions in a Positive Way?
Mar 30th

How Can Poetry Help Us Process Emotions in a Positive Way?

written by Star LaBranche The short answer to this question is that it's different for every person. Some people process their emotions
30 Mar, 2018 0
Poetry Tips from Poets: How to Improve Your Writing
Mar 27th

Poetry Tips from Poets: How to Improve Your Writing

So you want to write poetry. It might seem simple. Just throw some rhymes together and hope for the best. But poetry
27 Mar, 2018 0
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Little River Poetry Festival: A Retreat

Festival Location

``On the Water`` Campsite
2053 Thunderstruck Road NE
Floyd, VA 24091