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Éric L Farrell, founder & host

Richmond, Virginia: E.L. Farrell's WordStage Poetry Lounge began September 14th in 2002 in Barnes & Noble Bookstore's Cafe and continues today. WordStage is held from 7-9pm every second Saturday of the month at Barnes & Noble Bookstore Cafe (across from Virginia Center Commons Mall) - Richmond, VA. The event is free and open to the public and hosted by National Author & Poet, Éric L Farrell, Winner of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. WordStage is a culturally diverse meeting spot where "the voice of the people gets heard" as Richmond's most talented poetry and spoken word artists perform and share the thoughts and feelings of the people without a mic. This is an open-mic poetry event, and has found success in B&N's bookstore setting with it's one golden rule, "No Profanity - We Be Creative!" WordStage generally attracts ages 18-30, but has lent the mic to poets as young as 8 and as old as 72. Many of the poets perform here for the first time ever. WordStage Lounge is also known for it's monthly themes and the occasional appearance by guest Authors and seasoned poets. On September 13, 2003 WordStage celebrated it's One Year Anniversary. That month's theme, "Unity," was well fitting since WordStage has brought unity to Richmond's diverse community, welcoming poets traveling from as far north as Baltimore & New Jersey. One poet says, "I liked the atmosphere and crowd so much, I proposed to my fiancee there in February" -Will Holmes, Jr. - Author of "Seeking Solace: Finding Peace and Comfort in Times of Distress" (December 2003). In early 2006, WordStage was featured in Soul of Virginia Magazine. WordStage's Richmond event ran from September 2002 to March 2008.

Washington, DC: January 9th, 2004 was the Grand Opening of WordStage Poetry Lounge in Washington, DC at Books-A-Million in Dupont Circle. WordStage in DC ran for two full years and ended in December 2005.

WordStage Lounge Founding Poets (Richmond VA)

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