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Poetry Reading with John & Brenda Berry, Sarah Robinson, and Michael Czarnecki

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Barns of Rose Hill presents four poets reading selections of their own work and some of their favorite poems by others. A wonderful evening of connection to the spoken word with an open mic for the audience to share a poem or two as well.

John Berry is a native Virginian living in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. A self-taught woodworker and carpentry tradesman, he has been building ‘things’ since he was fifteen years old. In these latter years, his focus has turned to building relationships; with people, with Spirit, with the natural world, with poetry and with himself.

A reiki practitioner in the Usui tradition, John volunteers at his local Hospice offering this gentle healing to those in transition. In 2017 he graduated from a two year course of study through the Whitewinds Institute of Integrative Energy Medicine, and in the blending of these two modalities, John is practicing alongside his wife, Brenda, in their healing center, Sacred Celebrations. Recently ordained, he is also, with Brenda, performing wedding ceremonies through Sacred Celebrations, and the two are developing a program teaching the fundamentals of the human energy atmosphere to children and adults.

John hosts regular poetry nights in Winchester Va. at the Hideaway Café, and at the River House in Capon Bridge West Virginia as well as promoting and hosting readings for other poets. A contributor to many fine publications including The Sows Ear Review, and the Greensilk Journal, John’s work has also been included in a number of anthologies including Birdsong: a Celebration of Birds, Disorder, Trumped, and most recently will be appearing in Survival: A Poets Speak Anthology. His first chapbook, Wobbly Man, was published in 2016 by Red Dashboard Press and his latest collection, Medicine, was published in 2017 by Foothills Publishing. John’s third volume, The Lawnmower Poems is set to be released later this year.

Sara M. Robinson, award-winning poet, founder of the Lonesome Mountain Pro(s)e Writers’ Workshop, and former Instructor of a course on Contemporary American Poets at UVA-OLLI, is poetry columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and poetry editor for Virginia Literary Journal. In addition to publication in various anthologies, including We Grew Wings and Flew (2014), Scratching Against the Fabric (2015), and Virginia Writer’s Club Centennial Anthology (2017); journals: Loch Raven Review, The Virginia Literary Journal, vox poetica, Jimson Weed, and Poetica, she is poet and author of Love Always, Hobby and Jessie (2009), Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool (2012), A Cruise in Rare Waters (2013), and Stones for Words (2014). Her latest poetry book, Sometimes the Little Town, released in February 2016, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of Virginia’s 2017 Book Award.

In 1995 Michael Czarnecki quit his “day” job at a winery, deciding, once and for all, that if he was going truly be a poet, then be a poet he must. 23 years later and Michael is still going out “into the dust of the world” as the Chinese poets say, giving readings and leading programs all over America. Having founded Foothills Publishing with his wife, Carolyn, in 1986, Foothills has published hundreds of poets since that time.
Living simply, on a foundation based on his love of poetry, the natural world and the connections he makes with people, Michael travels thousands of miles each year by car, sleeping often in his modest tent or occasionally exchanging books for a room. Or, more likely, enjoying the hospitality of new friends and old he has met along the way. His stories of the road and his spare and plain-spoken poems have enchanted countless people over the years.
Having published numerous titles himself such as Never Stop Asking for Poems, Simple Life Simple Poems and Sea Smoke and Sand Dollars, Michael has more recently been writing daily spontaneous poems which he composes without edits, surrendering to the spontaneity of the moment which he then posts on Facebook. His most recent collection of spontaneous poems is published under the title, You, which reflects his connection to people. An earlier work, Twenty Days on Rte. Twenty which chronicles one of his journeys, has been adapted into a screenplay, and is currently being pitched as a movie.


Concert Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$5.00 advance $8.00 door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult

Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.


Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States


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