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Bill DeYoung

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Jericho Brown received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection "The Tradition." Photo: Emory University.

Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read at the Dali Museum April 26, as part of the City of St. Petersburg’s second annual City of Writers Poetry Festival. April is National Poetry Month.

The festival, beginning Wednesday, includes readings and workshops at venues all over the city. “At our kickoff reading last year, it was standing room only, completely filling the courtyard of Tombolo Books,” says event coordinator Gloria Muñoz, Poet Laureate for the City of St. Petersburg. “And from then on, it was just one event after another where we had a delightful audience response.”

Sponsored by the City and supplemented with sponsor and grant money, City of Writers includes a combination of national and local writers.

Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer, and living history performer. Photo provided.

Several events will take place at the St. Pete Youth Farm, where Muñoz and others have been sponsoring poetry and creative writing workshops on Monday nights.

For April 10’s “Sit A Spell Conversations,” Muñoz explains, “We wanted to highlight Black voices for our Pa’Lante (“straight ahead”) series.” Dr. Martha Bireda, Patrick Arthur Jackson and Silk Jazmyne Hindus, she says, are “scholars and activists from across Florida. We’re in Florida at a time in which critical race theory is being challenged. And I was like ‘Aha – that’s what we need to do. We need to have these conversations, these dialogues, with people who are experts in this field.’”

Curating these events takes a good part of the year. “I know every April is National Poetry Month, so throughout the year I just go brainstorming,” Muñoz says, “giving myself a seven- to eight months’ runway before we really start planning – and I begin to think of ‘OK, what would it look like if we had a multi-lingual poetry reading, for example …’”

April 21 at the Woodson Museum is the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Poetry Reading, featuring Sam Obeid, Yuki Jackson, Avni Vyas, Jamie Lu and Alexa Stof.

Last summer, Muñoz met poets Amy Alvarez (from West Virginia), and NYU’s Urayoán Noel (“they’re both fantastic”) and asked them if they’d be interested in reading in Florida? They loved the idea. “It kind of goes like that, and I have friends recommend things, and different organizations will say ‘Have you heard about this?’ And it snowballs into a festival.” (Alvarez and Noel will read at Eckerd College April 11.)

All events are free, except where noted.

 

The Eckerd College National Poetry Month Reading Series Presents: Adam Day

Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S.

Partners: Adam Day, K.C. Wolfe (Eckerd College), Gloria Muñoz (St. Pete Poet Laureate), Tombolo Books

 

Poet Tree Party, A Creative Poetry Event for Kids of All Ages

Friday, April 5, time TBD

St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach

Partners: St. Pete Beach Public Library

 

Community Poetry with Denzel Johnson-Green

Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Black Crow Coffee, 2157 1st Ave. S.

 

Sit A Spell Conversations/Pa’Lante Series: Black Voices in the Humanities, featuring: Martha Bireda with Patrick Arthur Jackson and Silk Jazmyne Hindus

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Woodson African American Museum of Florida, 2240 9th Ave. S.

Partners: Martha Bireda, Sheree L. Greer, Silk Jasmine, Patrick Arthur Jackson, Florida Humanities, The Woodson African American Museum of Florida, Gloria Muñoz, Tombolo Books, Kitchen Table Literary Arts

 

The Eckerd College National Poetry Month Reading Series presents: Amy Alvarez & Urayoán Noel

Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S.

Partners: Amy Alvarez & Urayoán Noel, K.C. Wolfe (Eckerd College), Gloria Muñoz (St. Pete Poet Laureate), Tombolo Books

 

Community Poetry with Denzel Johnson-Green

Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m

Black Crow Coffee, 2157 1st Ave. S.

 

Community Poetry with Denzel Johnson-Green

Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

Black Crow Coffee, 2157 1st Ave. S.

 

Haiku Lecture

Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

Woodson African American Museum of Florida, 2240 9th Ave. S.

Partners: Ani Crane, Tim Huff, The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

 

AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Poetry Reading featuring: Sam Obeid, Yuki Jackson, Avni Vyas, Jamie Lu and Alexa Stoffer

Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m.

Woodson African American Museum of Florida, 2240 9th Ave. S.

Partners: Sam Obeid, Yuki Jackson, Avni Vyas, Jamie Lu, and Alexa Stoffer

 

Wellness Monday Writing Workshop with Yuly Restrepo

Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

St. Pete Youth Farm, 1664 12th St. S.

Partners: Yuly Restrepo, Academy of American Poets, St. Pete Youth Farm

 

The Eckerd College National Poetry Month Reading Series and Poetry at the Dalí present: Jericho Brown

Thursday, 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd.

Partners: Jericho Brown, K.C. Wolfe (Eckerd College), Gloria Muñoz (St. Pete Poet Laureate), Tombolo Books, Helen Wallace, Dalí Museum

 

Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz presents PAM JAM, An Evening of Poetry and Jazz

Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m.

The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N.

Partners: Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

A ticketed event. Find tickets here.

 

Experimental Poetry & Collaboration

Sunday, April 28 at 11 a.m.

Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S.

Partners: Keifer Calkins, Print St. Pete, Tyler Gillespie, Eleanor Eichenbaum, Gloria Muñoz

 

Community Poetry at Black Crow Grand Central

Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

Black Crow Coffee, 2157 1st Ave. S.

 

Wellness Monday Writing Workshop with Eleanor Eichenbaum

Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

St. Pete Youth Farm, 1664 12th St. S.

Partners: Eleanor Eichenbaum, Academy of American Poets, St. Pete Youth Farm

 

Youth and Community Poetry, hosted by Miesha and Keesha Brundridge

Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

St. Pete Youth Farm, 1664 12th St. S.

Partners: Youth & Community Poetry Showcase

 

For additional details, visit stpete.org/cityofwriters.

 

 

 

 

 

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