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the muse's readings & events

Throughout the year (and usually timed with the completion of our workshop and studio sessions), we hold public readings, open houses, special performances, and special events in the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) area.

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May Reading Series

Please support our restaurant hosts and have dinner and drinks at the reading. Make a reservation—it guarantees you a space. As these are special events, please be aware that most everyone is arriving and ordering at the same time—patience is a virtue.

Come and support the readers from our Winter/Spring Creative Writing classes, including readings of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.


Thursday, May 7
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Bill Ayres, Deborah H. Baxter, Jack Bolsen, Barbara Carlson, Shannon Curtin, Sarah DeNeui, Christopher De Matteo, Mary Hodges, Kent R. Miller, Marc Pessar, Shannah Plutchak, Milt Saunders, Chadwick Smith, Linda Yates Wilson, & Jon Zuck.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Monday, May 11
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Jeff Brisendine, Lane Brown, Steven K. Elmore, Rebecca Evans, Frank Kozusko, Rebecca Lane, Greg Lee, Karen Lindquist, Sheila Sheppard Lovelady, Catherine Malley, Phil Mann, Emily Olsen, Joseph Radwich, Karen Tatum, & Jane White.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Wednesday, May 20
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Jereme A. Burch, Cindy Carlson, Kathryn Copeland, Tammie Elliott, Kim Simon Fink, Gretchen Gillen, Melissa Hodges, Nicole Jenkins, Amber Kure, Jason Huff, Kindra McDonald, Kenneth MacGillivray, Sr., Una MacGillivray, Kathy Sarosdy, & Brooke Thompson.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Muse Teen Reading

Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m.

The Muse
816-A Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, Directions and Maps

Featuring writers and performers from the Muse's Teen Writers Workshops

Readers: Eli Bilderback, Devon Donis, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Noa Greenspan, Wesley Harper, Rhiannon Harvey, Laurel Hunter, Charlotte Walker Hurley, Gabriela Igloria, Sydney Kurtz, Alice Labbe, Emily McCrea, Sarah Philpott, Maya Porten, Tavian Reid, Claire Ross, Jon Phillip Schulze, Gracie White, Mikayla Zopfi, & Miranda Zopfi

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented teens!

Muse Young Writers Reading

Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m.

The Muse
816-A Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, Directions and Maps

Featuring writers and performers from the Muse's Young Writers Workshop

Readers: Teresa Andrews, Nivale Baxendell, Maddi Carmi, Jorja Connelley, Kerrigan Diehl, Allyson Harris, Mila Hopkins, & Lily St. Remy

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented young writers!

Writers' Happy Hour Every Wednesday

Every week, we'll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk's Ghent!
Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk's Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Calendar of Wednesday Writers' Happy Hours:

Wednesday, April 29: Luna Maya (2010 Colley Ave. and 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 622-6986), $3 drafts, $6 margaritas and special drinks till 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); $1 off all drinks.

More To Be Announced

1st Friday Writers' Coffee Break

at Cafe Stella
10:30 a.m.-Noon

1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461

Join us every 1st Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Cafe Stella in Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of coffee or tea. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Friday, April 3: Co-hosted by Kindra McDonald and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, May 1: Co-hosted by Lucian Mattison and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, June 5: Co-hosted by Jennifer Adams and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, July 3: Co-hosted by Patti Hinson and Michael Khandelwal

More To Be Announced

Come and join us!

The Muse Jam

7-10 p.m., the 2nd Friday of each month

At The Muse Writers Center (816-A Orapax St., Ghent, Norfolk, (Directions and maps). Hosted by Dan Duke. Open to all.

Everyone's the Audience, Everyone Can Play

Join us for an evening where everyone is welcome to make music, sing, read, laugh, or just hang out and listen. This is not an "open-mic" with a sign-up list. The Muse Jam is more fun! We'll alternate between individual-led and collaborative performance and pure unplugged jams. Who's welcome? Anyone from beginners to professionals, whether you like to play an instrument or just listen, sing or be sung to, read your work or hear great stories and poems, practice your standup or improv or laugh yourself silly. Feel free to bring songbooks, sheet music, instruments, and friends. Suggested donation: $2 (goes to our scholarship funds; donation not required to attend).




Thank You!

The Muse
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way for our first online fundraiser! We raised more than $3,000 and also received $600 in two bonus donations!
Give Local 757 was part of a 24-hour online nationwide event, featuring hundreds of communities and thousands of nonprofits and sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation.
This money will go a long way toward helping us maintain our community and provide great classes and seminars, great teachers, and great scholarships at The Muse.
Thank You for a great day!
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.

Our 48 Generous Donors:

Five Anonymous Donors
Kelly Avery
Jeffrey Becker
Jon Berry
Andrea Bourguignon
Cindy Carlson
Stephanie Catherines
Monica Cetrone
John Chappell
Gregory Cina
Shawn Drew
Courtney Dyer
Robert Edwards
Kimberly Engebrigtsen
Scott Fales
Selina Foreman
Albert Hartley
Caitlin Hayes
Charles Hecht-Leavitt
Leslie Hecht-Leavitt
Lily Hecht-Leavitt
Janella Hecker (In recognition
of the hard work and dedication
of Alicia Dekker)

Patti Hinson
Jennifer Hitchcock
Cheryl Hornung (a tribute to
all the writers in her family,
especially her father)

Pamela McWhorter Hurley
Stella Jones
Govind Khandelwal
Michael Khandelwal
Frank Kozusko
Mandy Martin
Patrick McCarthy
Kent Miller
Lori Pennington
Marc Pessar
Shawn Rockhold
Loraine Schroeder
Barbara Scout
Kelley Sousa
Karen and Chris Steele
Barbara J. Taylor
Rick Voight
David Wilhelm
Valerie Wilkinson