Suffolk poet to lead Williamsburg writing workshop

Published 7:44 pm Friday, May 6, 2022

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Suffolk’s Nathan M. Richardson will be the featured speaker at a writing workshop hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Writers.

The workshop is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg.

Richardson’s topic is “Ekphrastic writing,” which is creative writing inspired by visual art.

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The workshop free, and advance registration isn’t required.

“Just come prepared to learn,” said Sonja McGiboney, CBW president.

The group will meet in the library’s Grace & Stanley Kitzinger Community Room.

Richardson, a former News-Herald marketing consultant, is a published author, performance poet and Frederick Douglass historian. His poetry collections include “Likeness of Being,” “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts” and “The 7 Last Poems of an Unarmed Citizen.” His work has been widely republished in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post.

Richardson, who teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers, is in the seventh year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour.

“In this living history performance, he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass,” McGiboney said.

With more than 300 performances seen nationally and internationally, the series has achieved film credits with the National Park Service, Alabama Public Television and RTE – Irish Public Service Television.

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