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Floyd, Virginia is a beautiful place where its solitude is only matched by its beauty. There's no better place to explore nature in all of its grandeur!

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Little River Poetry Schedule 2021

FRIDAY, June 4, 2021

2:00 p.m.   Arrive/Register/Gentle Yoga/Welcome & Announcements

3:00 p.m.   Star LaBranche  (Suffolk, VA) Poetry Reading

3:30 p.m.   Poetry Workshop

4:30 p.m.   OPEN MIC

6:00 p.m.   DINNER IN MEADOW

7:00 p.m.   Coral Kendall  (Norfolk, VA) and Cas Horne (York PA)  Poetry Reading

8:00 p.m.   Poetry Workshop9:00 p.m.   OPEN MIC/Evening Meditation
 

SATURDAY, June 5, 2021

8:00 a.m.    Gentle Yoga for Health – Judith Stevens, Instructor

9:00 a.m.    Kayakers Meet in Meadow:  Jim Best Leading Float

10:00 a.m.  Kayakers Read New Poems to Riverbank Audience

10:30 a.m.  Interactive Poetic Discussion in Tent on “Process”  (led by Jack Callan)

11:30 a.m.  OPEN MIC

12:30 p.m.  LUNCH IN MEADOW (kayakers return)
1:30 p.m.     Poetry Ensemble: “The Courage to Speak the Truth”    Musical Accompaniment: Jim Best (Meadows of Dan) 5 Poets:                    Katherine Chantal, (Floyd) Coral Kendall, (Norfolk) Gina Woodfin, (Williamsburg) Judith Stevens & Jack Callan (Norfolk) 

3:30 p.m.     Beth Huddleston (Winchester)  Poetry Reading

4:00 p.m.     Poetry Workshop

5:00 p.m.     OPEN MIC

6:00 p.m.     DINNER IN MEADOW

7:00 p.m.     Poetry Reading 

 7:30 p.m.    Poetry Workshop

8:30 p.m.    Wordsmith Game with Jennifer Hurt (Virginia Beach, VA)

9:00 p.m.     Interactive Poetic Discussion: Form Poetry, Free Verse & The Importance of Editing  (Led by Jack Callan)                    Followed by Evening Meditation

SUNDAY, June 6, 2021    **Floyd Family Day”  – all Floyd residents admitted free:  Thank you for Hosting our Festival!

8:00 a.m.       Gentle Yoga for Health – Judith Stevens, Instructor

9:00 a.m.       Nature Walk & Poems – led by Judith  (Bring your pen and notebook!)

10:00 a.m.     Poetry Reading:  Floyd Poets Katherine Chantal and Colleen Redman read from their new books

11:30 a.m.     OPEN MIC

12:30 p.m.     LUNCH IN MEADOW

1:30 p.m.       Floyd Readers and Musicians: Hoedown

2:30 p.m.       Group Poem Exercise/Gentle Yoga/Closing Meditation

3:00 p.m.       GODSPEED AND SAFE TRAVELS!    SEE YOU NEXT YEAR AT THE 7th ANNUAL LITTLE RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL

AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU, SOWERS FAMILY – Junior, Katherine, Daniel and Kelly; “ON THE WATER,” Staff; GRAPHIC ARTIST – Michael Link; MUSICIAN – Jim Best; WEBSITE – Star LaBranche, and  ALL PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES  who make this event so special! 

Little River Poetry Festival Schedule 2020

JUNE 12-14, 2020
LITTLE RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE*
“On the Water” Site, 2053 Thunderstruck Road, Floyd, Virginia 24091

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

(Arrive & Register) 2:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman Yoga (Meadow Tent) 2:30 p.m.
Welcome: Jack & Judith 3:00 p.m. “Reflection Poetry Workshop” Beth Huddleston
4:00 p.m. OPEN MIC – All Welcome to Share
5:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: Edith Blake
5:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: “Thirty Plague”
6:00 p.m. GROUP DINNER IN MEADOW EVENING ACTIVITIES
7:00 p.m. Centering: Group Exercise in Place
7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Brian Magill
8:00 p.m. Flute Concert: Jim Best
8:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Jim Best
9:00 p.m. OPEN MIC
10:00 p.m. Closing Meditation & Music

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020

8:00 a.m. Walt Whitman Yoga (Meadow Tent)
9:00 a.m. Little River Kayak Trip (poet-kayakers)
10:00 a.m. Poetry Reading: “Cheeky” (Coral Kendall, Radford College)
10:30 a.m. Poetry Workshop & Reading: Joanna Lee (Richmond)
12:00 Noon OPEN MIC
1:00 p.m. LUNCH IN MEADOW
2:00 p.m. “The Two Katherine’s:” Poetry and Mountain Storytelling Katherine Sowers and Katherine Chantal
3:00 p.m. “I Am Made Of” Poetry Workshop: Judith Stevens
4:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: “Mountain Magic” Colleen Redman and Jack Callan
5:00 p.m. “Historical Poetry” Workshop
6:00 p.m. DINNER IN THE MEADOW
7:00 p.m. Centering Group Exercise in Place
7:15 p.m. Poetry Reading: Lisa Kendrick (Norfolk)
7:45 p.m. POETIC PANEL: Joanna, Lisa, Colleen, Jack
8:45 p.m. OPEN MIC 9:45 p.m. Closing Meditation & Music

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020

8:00 a.m. Walt Whitman Yoga
9:00 a.m. Poetry Walk (Meet at Tent)
10:00 a.m. Poetry Reading: Gina Woodfin
10:30 a.m. Group Poetry Exercise
11:30 a.m. OPEN MIC
12:30 p.m. LUNCH IN MEADOW
1:30 p.m. Poetry & Music Chelsea & Bill Adams
2:00 p.m. Poetry Ensemble: “Points of Agreement” Poets include: Lisa Kendrick, Colleen Redman, James Bane (for Dave Lego), Jack Callan, Judith Stevens Musical Accompaniment: Jim Best and Brian Magill
3:00 p.m. Closing Meditation Exercise & Farewell *Schedule subject to additions & changes.

THANKS TO ALL THE POETS, VOLUNTEERS & FRIENDS WHO MADE THIS YEAR”S LITTLE RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL POSSIBLE

***SPECIAL APPRECIATION TO***
Daniel Sowers and Kelly “On the Water” Outfitters Junior & Katherine Sowers for their hospitality

Social distancing maintained in tent seating
Hand-washing station on site – masks available