AW2: Birthdays, Bourbon, & Poems

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This year, Allison Wright & Amy Woolard are doing things a little differently. Our birthdays are a week apart, both at the end of October--but instead of racking up bar bills or doubling your dinner tab, we want to combine a few of our favorite things & find a way to give some presents rather than receive them. So...

This November 9th, beginning at 6:30p.m., we're hosting a bourbon tasting-slash-poetry reading at Mas Tapas in Charlottesville. Five exceptional poets will be paired with their whiskey counterparts, and a spoonful of bourbon will help the poetry go down. Tomas Rahal & Mas Tapas have graciously offered to help sponsor the event, providing the entirety of Mas on a Sunday night, as well as some delicious snacks. We'll serve a tasting of bourbon, then hear some kick-ass poems, then rinse & repeat until you've sampled all our readers & pourers have to offer.

We've already got some great readers lined up. So far, poets Sandra Beasley ( http://www.sandrabeasley.com/) and Molly Minturn ( http://mollyminturn.com/) have graciously agreed to read (& Amy will be reading, too).

Update: we've completed our line-up! Not only will the fabulous Gabrielle Calvocoressi be reading, but RITA DOVE will be joining us to read from her work, as well. I mean, NBD, just Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Poet Laureate of the United States Rita Dove, reading at our lil fundraiser. Wow.

PLUS: Tomas is a great fan & supporter of Charlottesville's City Schoolyard Garden ( http://www.cityschoolyardgarden.org/), as are Allison & Amy. In CSG's own words, their mission is to "cultivate academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning in Charlottesville City Schools." The three of us couldn't think of a better organization to help support through this event.

That's why we're not just asking you all to join us, but to help us support CSG while you're enjoying a great evening of whiskey & words. We're asking for a suggested donation of $40/person (or more) to attend--all of which will go directly to City Schoolyard Garden.* Your donation through this site will count as your RSVP, unless you indicate otherwise (we're certainly open to donations no matter if you can attend). 

Please come out for what promises to be a delightful, spirited, delicious & meaningful evening of great bourbon, kick-ass poems, & generosity to a deserving cause.

And if you can't join us for spirits, be with us in spirit: anyone who donates but can't attend will have their names read aloud as a special shout-out during the event.


* Some funds raised will be put towards cost of the bourbon, but only a small portion of the campaign goal. Anything above exact cost of the bourbon will go directly to City Schoolyard Garden.

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Hey guys! We're just a few days away from the big night, & you all are amazing. We're just $200 away from our goal. Just a reminder/clarification: we're not doing tickets or anything. Please just come to Mas on Sunday at 6:30 & have fun. If you have a FB account, it would be great if you could RSVP via our event site there, so we'll have a better idea of attendance: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481717818766183/?ref_notif_type=like&source=1

Otherwise, see you soon!! xoxo
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Just when you thought "it can't get any better than this," we've made it better: Cville's own--the incomparable Jim Waive will be playing for us at Birthdays, Bourbon & Poems on Nov. 9th. Jim is a big piece of the heart of Charlottesville, so we knew we had to have him as part of our evening, & now we do. And you do, too, if you join us, which you should!
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Um, so, we have some BIG BIG news. The force that is Rita Dove has agreed to be one of our readers for the evening. Yep, NBD, just Pulitzer Prize-winning, Poet Laureate RITA DOVE rounding out our lil Charlottesville fundraiser evening with her gorgeous poems. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rita-dove
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We've got some great news to share, y'all. In addition to the fabulous Molly Minturn & Sandra Beasley, we've just added the extraordinary Gabrielle Calvocoressi to our line-up of kick-ass poets who will be reading at Birthdays, Bourbon & Poems. Gabrielle is an award-winning poet, an inspiring teacher, & the Senior Poetry Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I've had the great pleasure of hearing her read, & we're so lucky to have her join us. You can find a sample of her work here: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems/45829
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$4,075 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 52 months
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$40
Anonymous
51 months ago
$40
Anonymous
51 months ago
$10
Anonymous
51 months ago
GW

Really wish we could be there - have fun!

AJ
$40
Amie and Jay
52 months ago

Glad to support a lovely event by such lovely ladies!

$25
Anonymous
52 months ago
SB
$40
Sass Brown
52 months ago

So excited about this event, and looking forward to seeing everyone again.

MR
$25
Meredith Rosenblum
52 months ago

With you in spirit, always ♥

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