The reading started around 6:30 and first up to read was Michael Trocchia, who read a selection of poems from his published book titled "The Fatherlands." Michael's readings painted such a vivid picture of place in time. (He even had an illustration to accompany his words.) Check out his book here. Next up to read was Angela. If you get the opportunity to be in an audience when this woman talks, you won't leave the same. Angela has a way of stirring your soul and mind. She gives light to the realness and reality of living, which at times is not always so pretty. When you're in Angela's presence, you can't help but feel humbled. The words that I frequently think are, "Finally, someone who understands." She is courageous, honest and funny. Angela read from her book titled "Memory Chose a Woman's Body." You can check out her book here. Next and last, Matthew Hamilton read some excerpts from his book titled "The Land of the Four Rivers." Matthew's experience in the Peace Corps served as a basis for quite a few of his poems. The poems were real, strong, gripping. You can check out his book here.
After the reading Angela did a meet-and-greet with the audience. I purchased a book, then we headed down to a local Thai diner, where we had dessert and coffee. Angela and I shared our table with a former professor of hers and her friend from college. It was so fun to meet these folks and hear stories of their past. Below are photos from our day of adventure to RVA!