Enter our James River Watershed Poetry Contest

The James River and its tributaries are deep sources of connection and memory, holding different meanings for different individuals and communities. If you live in the Greater Lynchburg Area, illustrate and honor the varied relationships we have with the river with a poem.

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Choose your story

to experience voices across the James sharing the impact the river has on their lives.

Choose your story

to experience voices across the James sharing the impact the river has on their lives.

About the Project

The James River Association (JRA) is excited to bring you Stories by the James, a community collaboration that harnesses the magic of stories through the lens of diverse storytellers within our James River watershed.

Our hope is that this sneak peek into how the James shows up in our collective lives will provide awareness, discovery, understanding, and the sense that while our stories may be different, the river running through these stories is a common thread that unites us all. It is our river to share. It is also our river to protect.

Listen, that’s what the James River does. It draws people from all different backgrounds. They go down to the river to find some peace … it draws people together.

Almeta Ingram-Miller

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Storyteller Series

Our Storytelling Series is a story within itself! Click to experience unique and powerful storytelling brought to you by JRA and VCU’s Advanced Media Production Technology program. SEE ALL »

About the James River Association

The James River Association (JRA) is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 that serves the waterways and communities of the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000 square mile watershed, JRA works toward its vision of a fully healthy James River supporting the ecosystems, wildlife, and people that depend on it. JRA believes that “when you change the James, the James changes you.” With offices in Lynchburg, Scottsville, Richmond, and Williamsburg, JRA is committed to protecting the James River and connecting people to it. For more information, visit thejamesriver.org.

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