★ CoLab Director Brad Stephens with Poetry by Heart

CoLab is a hub—a central spot in Grandin Village for co-working and energetic entrepreneurs starting their own businesses and nonprofits. Director Brad Stephens works in the center of all that, so a little respite can be a good thing. It can come in the form of a few moments in nature, or a few moments with some poetry by heart.

“My father was always an admirer of Wendell Berry’s work, and that connection has deepened over time,” said Stephens. “I appreciate how he stands in opposition to the culture around him by fully immersing himself in the natural world and an agrarian lifestyle.”

Here’s Brad Stephens with the “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry (Counterpoint, 1999).

Have a poem by heart you want to share?  Join us on Monday, April 29.

Monday, April 29 at 7 PM
Java the Hutt Coffee Shop
Roanoke Memorial Hospital Lobby
1906 Belleview Avenue

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Meet new people. Share a poem from memory, or just come to connect and listen.  This event is open to the community. If you want to be here, you belong here. The evening will be filled with:

  • Poetry and poetry lovers
  • Haiku from the Carilion Clinic Employee Haiku Contest
  • Employee Haiku Contest awards
  • Refreshments
  • Giveaways
  • Good people & good poetry

How to share your poem: Just pop up and recite a short poem or part of a poem you know by heart. You can introduce it with a sentence or two to share who wrote it and why it’s in your heart. Props or costumes? Sure. Why not? It’ll be a supportive and encouraging group. ★

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