Florida

In 1928, Florida established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Peter Meinke, who was appointed to a four-year term in 2015. Meinke is the author of over twenty books of poetry, including Lucky Bones (Pitt Poetry Series, 2014). 

 

upcoming events

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Apr 04 2019
Guest Speaker: Brynn Saito – Following the Brush: Japanese Poetic Forms, Then & Now

Award-winning California poet, Brynn Saito, will discuss the zuihitsu, a form prose poetry that emaerged during Japan's 11th century.  Closely translated as "following the brush," zuihitsu collects observations, notes, personal feelings and quotes in a seemingly random and associative manner, leading to suprising, poignant poetic expressions.  Saito will discuss how this form- and how Japanese culture,more generally informs her work.  She will close with a short poetry reading, book signing, and Q&A.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

  • Cost: $10, Morikami Members $7
  • Location: Morikami Theater
  • All tickets are will call and can be picked up at the door
  • Time: 7pm (doors open at 6pm)

For more information and to Purchase tickets online: https://morikami.org/event/following-the-brush/

7:00pm
4000 Morikami Park Road
33446 Delray Beach , Florida
Apr 04 2019
Miami Chapbook Launch: Mia S. Willis' "monster house."

Celebrate the launch of Mia S. Willis' monster house., winner of the fourth annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Dawn Lundy Martin and published by Jai-Alai Books. This event is part of the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Free and open to the public.

Mia S. Willis is a 23-year-old African American artist and adventurer from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mia is a recipient of the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize for their poem “hecatomb,” which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their work appears or is forthcoming in WORDPEACE, Peculiar: a Queer Poetry Journal, Foothill: a Journal of Poetry, Button Poetry and Slamfind. In 2018, Mia ranked fourth out of 96 femme poets at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, fifth out of 150 poets at the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam, and won the Capturing Fire Slam. They were also a member of Tender Bitch, the winning poetry performance team at the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Tournament.

7:00pm
1440 Ocean Drive
33139 Miami, Florida
Apr 03 2019 to Apr 27 2019
4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest

Hope at Hand, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves children and adolescents throughout North Florida using poetry, creative expression and therapeutic strategies, hosted its inaugural Poetry Fest in 2016.  The festival has grown each year, in terms of both programming and participation, with this year’s event set to be bigger and better than ever before.  Melissa Ross, host of WJCT’s First Coast Connect, and Al Letson, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning poet and playwright, will host the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.

In 2019 Hope at Hand will co-present the 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest with Friends of Hemming Park and The Performer’s Academy, with collaboration from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Downtown Vision, Jacksonville Public Library and a consortium of local poets, facilitators and spoken word artists. The month-long celebration will feature weekly workshops at MOCA, poetry readings during lunch in Hemming Park, youth poetry contests, performances during ArtWalk and a full-day poetry festival with a closing celebration. 

Jax Poetry Fest has arranged for Mr. Letson, host of National Public Radio’s “Reveal”, to return to Jacksonville from California to emcee the closing celebration in Hemming Park on April 27, 2019.

“We are honored to host weekly programming coordinated by an exceptional organization like Hope at Hand during National Poetry Month,” says Christina Parrish Stone, Managing Director of Friends of Hemming Park.  “I am especially excited about the opening and closing celebrations in the park.  We’ll offer park visitors multiple opportunities for hands on participation, as readers, writers and through spoken word, at weekly events throughout April.  We’ll also share information about Jacksonville poets of both the past and present during lunch time exhibitions in the park.”

VIP tickets for the Jax Poetry Fest Closing Celebration with Al Letson are available for purchase on the event website, www.jaxpoetryfest.org. Hope at Hand, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves children and adolescents throughout North Florida using poetry, creative expression and therapeutic strategies, hosted its inaugural Poetry Fest in 2016.  The festival has grown each year, in terms of both programming and participation, with this year’s event set to be bigger and better than ever before.  Melissa Ross, host of WJCT’s First Coast Connect, and Al Letson, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning poet and playwright, will host the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.

In 2019 Hope at Hand will co-present the 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest with Friends of Hemming Park and The Performer’s Academy, with collaboration from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Downtown Vision, Jacksonville Public Library and a consortium of local poets, facilitators and spoken word artists. The month-long celebration will feature weekly workshops at MOCA, poetry readings during lunch in Hemming Park, youth poetry contests, performances during ArtWalk and a full-day poetry festival with a closing celebration. 

Jax Poetry Fest has arranged for Mr. Letson, host of National Public Radio’s “Reveal”, to return to Jacksonville from California to emcee the closing celebration in Hemming Park on April 27, 2019.

“We are honored to host weekly programming coordinated by an exceptional organization like Hope at Hand during National Poetry Month,” says Christina Parrish Stone, Managing Director of Friends of Hemming Park.  “I am especially excited about the opening and closing celebrations in the park.  We’ll offer park visitors multiple opportunities for hands on participation, as readers, writers and through spoken word, at weekly events throughout April.  We’ll also share information about Jacksonville poets of both the past and present during lunch time exhibitions in the park.”

VIP tickets for the Jax Poetry Fest Closing Celebration with Al Letson are available for purchase on the event website, www.jaxpoetryfest.org

5:30pm to 9:00pm
135 W Monroe St
32202 Jacksonville , Florida

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Florida poet laureate

Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke was named the poet laureate of Florida in 2015. He is the author of Lucky Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press).

poems

poem

Green and blue and white, it is a flag
for Florida stitched by hungry ibises.

It is a paradise of flocks, a cornucopia
of wind and grass and dark, slow waters.

Turtles bask in the last tatters of afternoon,
frogs perfect their symphony at dusk—

in its solitude we remember ourselves

poem
Barque of phosphor
On the palmy beach,

Move outward into heaven,
Into the alabasters
And night blues.

Foam and cloud are one.
Sultry moon-monsters
Are dissolving.

Fill your black hull
With white moonlight.

There will never be an end
To this droning of the surf.
poem
Midsummer lies on this town 
like a plague: locusts now replaced 
by humidity, the bloodied Nile

now an algae-covered rivulet 
struggling to find its terminus. 
Our choice is a simple one:

to leave or to remain, to render 
the Spanish moss a memory 
or to pull it from trees, repeatedly.

And this must be what