Lorna Pinckney, driving force behind Richmond jazz poetry scene, dies

Lorna Pinckney, driving force behind Richmond jazz poetry scene, dies

Lorna Pinckney, driving force behind Richmond jazz poetry scene, dies

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“She would come in for food, and I learned about her poetry night,” says Moon. “I started going, went every Tuesday for about a straight year.”Known for leading the Tuesday Verses open mic poetry series, Lorna Pinckney died Thursday

Ms. Pinckney revived that nascent scene, first at The Soul Kitchen and later at Tuesday Verses, which she started after being approached by Tropical Soul owners Nadira Naja Chase and Khalifa Maddox.

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Lorna Pinckney held weekly open mic, spoken word events in Richmond and Washington, D.C., where this photograph was taken in 2014. (Photo by Anthony Chidi Njoku/Blue Lightning Photography) 

In 2010, Pinckney expanded the award-winning open mic poetry series to Washington, D.C., dubbing it Wednesday Verses and retaining its trademark welcoming, creative atmosphere.Find info and get ideas on where to eat around Richmond.


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