WHAT: The Writing Show | Get Out of That Rut!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

WHERE: Online, via Zoom

Hosted by James River Writers


PANELISTS: Rachel Douglas, Derek Kannemeyer, Noah Scalin

MODERATOR: Melissa Scott Sinclair



How can you shake up your writing practices for 2022 and make the most of your available time and creativity? Whether it’s jumpstarting your ideas with smaller pieces, trying a new genre, getting an accountability partner, or bribing yourself with chocolate, tips from our experts will get you ready to tackle your writing projects.



Topic: JRW January 2022 Writing Show - Get Out of That Rut!
Time: Jan 25, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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1) Unsay Their Names received a starred review from Kirkus. You can find the full review at the PUBLICATIONS tab, under PRAISE & PRESS. Here's how it begins and ends:

"A powerful photographic testament to a series of inspiring protests. Poet, playwright, and  photographer Kannemeyer’s book opens with a compelling preface on the 'great American rift' after the 2020 murder of George Floyd, and goes on to present six months’ worth of images of the author’s home city of Richmond, Virginia, from June to November 2020, as well as two appendices following up on events in 2021. Across eight chronological chapters, anchored with expansive notes throughout, Kannemeyer presents an astounding photographic catalogue of changes… A stirring record of antiracism in a Southern city." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


2) My photography exhibit at the Black History Museum came down on December 18. Some of the photographs were auctioned off, and some will remain in the collection of the museum. On December 30, 2021, it was announced that Governor Ralph Northam and Mayor Levar Stoney wish for ownership of the disassembled Lost Cause statuary to be transferred to the Black History Museum. BHMVA will work in partnership with the Valentine Museum to resolve the fate of the statuary and of the spray-painted pedestals. This proposal has yet to be approved by Richmond City Council.


3) See the PERIODICALS tab (under POTPOURRI) to find links to my most recent publications, in Verse-Virtual, Rigorous, and the Pine Cone Review.



         Unsay Their Names is a record, in photographs accompanied by commentary, of the 2020-21 statue removals in Richmond, VA, and of a city's transformation in the context of the BLM protests. It is also an exploration, in commentary accompanied by photographs, of what brought us, locally and historically, to this summer of reckoning. And it becomes a voyage of personal discovery, as I compare the impact of Confederate and Lost Cause history on race relations in Virginia with my own struggles (as a mixed race immigrant) for racial peace and justice.


·  ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1006490183

·  ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1006490187


For sample photographs, visit the PHOTOGRAPHY pages.


Available now on Amazon.  For more, see the DISTRIBUTION folder below.

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San Francisco Bay Press is using Amazon to print this book, and for the moment (new website in progress) Amazon is also the only place where you can buy it. Unfortunately, the ISBN Manager assigned duplicate ISBN numbers to several SFBP titles, and it has taken MONTHS to resolve the issue. Or rather, to not yet resolve it. Mutt Spirituals is currently unavailable while SFBP tries to get its recent catalog deleted and resubmitted, and the affected titles listed correctly. Both they and I have been hammering away hard at the problem, but Amazon's reflexes are proving to be slower than slow. I'll update this information as soon as there is anything new to report.

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