Nathan M. Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author. In 1998 he founded Spiritual Concepts Publishing, a company which offers literary consulting and a variety of workshops for emerging writers. He is also the organizer and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series, now syndicated in the cites of Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George, VA. Nationally his poetry has been commissioned to accent art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art, the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, the Chrysler Museum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC).
Since 2010 Mr. Richardson has served as the head coach for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets (HRYP). This team of talented young poets ages 13-19 years old represent Virginia each year at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. This year's BNV Competition will be held in Chicago, IL. HRYP is a division of the youth empowerment organization - Teens With a Purpose.
Mr. Richardson is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2012 Move Maker Award. A short list of his literary affiliations include, the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia and the Advisory Council for the Christopher Newport University Writer's Conference.
Nathan M. Richardson is a poet/author/literary consultant and the founder of Spiritual Concepts Publishing. He is a co-founder and co-host of one of the premier poetry open mic venues in Hampton Roads, Virginia - The Java Poetry Open Mic. Poetry, Prose and Pizza is Nathan's latest open mic project. The quarterly event is now syndicated in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George, Va.
Nathan serves as the primary coach for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets Slam Team (HRYP). HRYP a division of the non-profit organization Teens With a Purpose is comprised of some of the area's best young poets ages 13-18 years old. In addition to performing at a variety of events throughout Hampton Roads Virginia, the team also represents Virginia each year at the Brave New Voices - International Poetry Slam. The 2011 HRYP slam team made their best showing ever - making it to the Semi-Final round at BNV in San Fransisco California.
Nathan's poetry has vivid imagery & rhythm which creates a seamless pairing with other art forms such as theater, music and the visual arts. He teaches a variety of creative writing workshops and summer arts programs such as; Camp Rise at the Attucks Theater and Camp Chrysler at the Chrysler Museum. He has also been commissioned by the Chrysler and Delaware Museums of Art to collaborate on nationally touring events like the Gordon Parks: Bare Witness Photography Exhibit and the Jason Miccolo Johnson: Soul Sanctuary Photography Exhibit. Nathan is now in his fourth year serving as the resident poetry instructor for Artistic Verses. The workshop and poetry contest for high school students, centered around art and poetry is sponsored by the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) and Newport News Public Schools.
He has been a featured author, panelist and workshop presenter at conferences held by The Virginia Association of Teachers of English, Christopher Newport University, The Hampton Roads Writers, The James River Writers and Tidewater Community College . In his home town Suffolk, Virginia, Nathan is a co-founder of the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Festival now in its fourth year. Nathan is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the 2012 Move Maker Award, the 2010 Innovative Community Builder and has been nominated for the prestigious Alli Award from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and Book of the Year from NUSPA, the National Underground Spoken Word/Poetry Awards. Much more has been written about this prolific performance poet, including volumes of pages in newspapers and magazines, and more than 25 appearances on radio and television. Browse the Client List on this web site and read Nathan's impressive list of domestic and international performances.
Born April 18, 1960 in Suffolk, Virginia, his literary influences are wide ranging. Nathan followed the great storytellers of his community as well as jazz music greats like, John Coltrane and Ronnie Laws and poets like Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins and Baxter Black. Nathan's mother (Della Mae Richardson), grandmother (Theresa Hollimon), Corretta Scott King and Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton are some of the women who have influenced his creative thinking. He is a retired veteran of the Army and Virginia Army National Guard and the father of three children. Nathan currently lives with his wife Verron Johnson Richardson in the city of Portsmouth, Virginia.
A short list of his other affiliations include, the Suffolk Art League, life-time member of the Poetry Society of Virginia, roster artist with Young Audiences of Virginia and member of the Advisory Council for the Christopher Newport University Writer's Conference.
Please explore the other pages on this web site and get to know the many talented poets, artists and organizations that Mr. Richardson has been so proud to work with. Check out his calendar of events for details of upcoming poetry readings, workshops and lectures. We look forward to seeing you at a venue sometime in the near future!