Little River Poetry Festival

A Retreat

2053 Thunderstruck Road Northeast, Floyd, Virginia

26-28 June 2020

Little River Poetry Festival

5th Annual Poetry Gathering

Join us for the 5th year of the Little River Poetry Festival! At the festival you'll experience readings, open mics, workshops, music, yoga, and much more. Founded by Jack Callan and Judith Stevens in 2016, this year will be the biggest and best festival yet!


JUNE 2020Thunderstruck Road, Floyd, Virginia

Check back soon to see our updated 2020 schedule. Here is our schedule from last year to give you an idea of what to look forward to!

Schedule 2019


2:00 pm. Walt Whitman YOGA (All activities in the Meadow Tent unless otherwise noted)
3:00 pm: MUSIC with Ohio recording artist, Kristi Paddock (Keyboards, Ukulele and mountain instruments dulcimer and psaltery)
3:30 pm: Welcome: Judith & Jack
3:45 pm: POETRY WORKSHOP: “Beating Writer’s Block by Giving Voice to Inanimate Objects” presented by C.J. Expression, Chesapeake, VA)
4:45 pm: OPEN MIC – All Welcome to Share
6:00 pm: Group Dinner in the Meadow (Suggested donation $10 for home-cooked healthy meals)
7:00 pm: Yoga/Meditation/Free Time
7:15 pm: POETRY READING: C.J. Expression, Author “Dear Broken Woman: Trials to Triumph”
7:45 pm: POETRY WORKSHOP: Erin McCarty of Marshall, VA
8:45 pm: OPEN MIC
9:45 pm: Music/Yoga/Closing Meditation
Jim Best: Hang Drum/Flute, Yaser Barakat: Turkish Drums, Brian Magill: Eastern Instruments,
Bill Adams: Guitar, Kristi Paddock: Dulcimer,Psaltery,Ukulele, Keyboards

SATURDAY, June 8th

7:00-8:00 Breakfast in Town (5 minutes away)
8:00 am: Walt Whitman YOGA (Meet at Meadow Tent)
9:30 am: LITTLE RIVER KAYAK TRIP (poet-kayakers) Assemble in Meadow. Led by Jack Callan and Eva Poggi.
(All non-kayakers gather across the road on the banks of the Little River to hear kayakers read their new poems from the rock amphitheater)
11:30 am; POETRY WORKSHOP: “Beyond Fractured Fairy Tales: Fairy Tales, Myths and the Tri-Part Brain” by Serena Fusek
12:00 pm: POETRY READING: Serena Fusek, published author, Newport News, VA
12:30 pm: Shared lunch in meadow with returning kayakers
2:00 pm: OPEN MIC
3:00 pm: POETRY WORKSHOP: “Poems as Conversation” by Colleen Redman and Mara Eve Robbins, Floyd & Copper Hill, VA
4:00 pm: Poetry Reading by Colleen Redman and Mara Eve Robbins
5:00 pm: POETRY READINGS: “Homegrown Poetry” by Katherine Chantel and Katherine Sowers, Floyd, VA
6:00 pm: Group Dinner in the Meadow
7:00 pm: Gentle YOGA/Meditation
7:15 pm: “GROUP OM: A VIBRATORY WORKSHOP” by Jill Winkowski, Yorktown, VA
7:45 pm: POETRY READING by Beth Huddleston, Winchester, VA
8:15 pm: POETRY READING by Chelsea Adams, accompanied by her husband, Bill, on guitar Riner, VA
8:45 pm: OPEN MIC
9:45 pm: Music and Closing Meditation

SUNDAY, June 9th

7:00- 8:00 am: Breakfast in Town
8:00 am: Walt Whitman YOGA
9:30 am:TRIP TO NEARBY ROCKY KNOB MOUNTAIN FOR HIKERS (Gentle climb, scenic views & 3 resting/writing places)
Led by Judith Stevens Meet in Meadow.
9:30 am:: POETRY WORKSHOP: “Pablo Neruda’s Love Poems: Poems in English and Spanish” by Jack Callan, Norfolk, VA
10:30 am: OPEN MIC
12:30 pm: SHARED MEADOW LUNCH with Hikers
1:30 pm: ENSEMBLE READING FOR 6 VOICES: “HEAL THE WORLD” (Poems by James Bane, Newport News,VA Jim Best, Meadows of Dan, VA, Jennie Brown and Tiffany Cara, Virginia Beach, VA, Jack Callan, & Judith Stevens,Norfolk, VA, originally performed for the Poetry Society of Virginia in Williamsburg, VA)
2:30 pm: Music, yoga, Closing Meditation & Farewell

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