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Contact the Florida Council of Teachers of English: Rose Schmitt
915 Miller Lane
Melbourne, FL 32934.

Florida Add to Notebook

The state with the prettiest name,
the state that floats in brackish water,
held together by mangrave roots...

Elizabeth Bishop, from "Florida"

Living in south Florida is like living on another planet, just in terms of the physicality alone the light, the moisture, the colors of the flowers and sky.
Campbell McGrath
Featured Poets

Other Florida Poets
Donald Justice

Donald Justice
Born in Miami, Florida, in 1925, Donald Justice was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a Bollingen Prize. From 1982 until his retirement in 1992, he taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Nathaniel Mackey

Nathaniel Mackey
Poet and novelist Nathaniel Mackey was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. His books of poetry include Splay Anthem, which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry.

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop
Born in 1911, Elizabeth Bishop settled in Key West, Florida in 1937. Her first book of verse, North and South, was published in 1946, filled with descriptive passages about the tropical landscape she briefly called home.

Denise Duhamel
James Weldon Johnson
Virgil Suarez
Geri Doran
Lola Haskins
William Logan
Peter Meinke
Michael Waters
Debora Greger
Barbara Hamby
David Kirby
Steve Kronen
Campbell McGrath
David B. Axelrod
Jay Hopler
Teri Youmans Grimm
Literary Journals & Small Presses

Anhinga Press
Anhinga Press began in 1972 as an outgrowth of the activities of Apalachee Poetry Center, a non-profit organization promoting the reading and understanding of poetry by bringing artists and writers together. In 1976, founder and poet Van Brock sought to expand the scope of the press by publishing chapbooks of individual poets. From 1976 through 1981, Anhinga published eight chapbooks of local poets living and writing in Florida, including the work of David Kirby and Sam Harrison.

The Florida Review
The Florida Review is a literary journal published twice annually by the University of Central Florida featuring new fiction, poetry, memoir, and book reviews.

Mudlark
Mudlark was founded in 1995 as an electronic journal of poetry & poetics. It publishes in three formats: "issues" of Mudlark are the electronic equivalent of print chapbooks; "posters" are the electronic equivalent of print broadsides; and "flash" poems are poems that have news in them, poems that feel like current events.

The Tampa Review
The mission of Tampa Review is to invigorate contemporary literary and visual arts. Each issue features contemporary literature from Florida and the world, emphasizing its connections to the Tampa Bay region in particular. The editors strive to produce a physically beautiful magazine that presents words in meaningful aesthetic relationship with world-class visual art.

The University Press of Florida
Established in 1945, the University Press of Florida ranks among the most productive publishing houses in the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). With more than 865 titles currently in print, 90 titles in production and over 190 additional titles under contract, the Press has been an important element in enhancing the scholarly reputation and worldwide visibility of the State University System.

Saw Palm
Saw Palm was established in 2006 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. In 2008 Saw Palm began publishing as a national literary journal. Each issue offers an eclectic collection of stories, essays, poems, book reviews, and visual art, richly situated in the heart of Florida. Contributors featured in Saw Palm range from Nobel laureates and prizewinners to the best in up-and-coming writers.

Subtropics Review
Subtropics Review is the official literary magazine publication for the University of Florida. Its mission is to provide an outlet for the creative writing, art, and other creative endeavors of the undergraduate student body. The literary magazine is run by students, for students, and represents the wide spectrum of creative expression that exists on our campus.

The Cypress Dome Society
The Cypress Dome Society (CDS) is a university approved student organization dedicated to fostering the literary arts at UCF and promoting a sense of community among writers and artists. It supports and publishes The Cypress Dome, UCF's award-winning student literary journal; sponsors Writers in the Sun, which brings nationally-acclaimed authors to campus; and organizes the Student-Faculty Reading series.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

Key West Literary Seminar
For over twenty years, the Key West Literary Seminar has been dedicated to the investigation and celebration of the written word and to the support of American writers. The Seminar strives to preserve literary heritage by promoting dialogue among writers, scholars, and readers at its annual January seminar and through readings, writing workshops and literary walking tours throughout the year.

O, Miami
The O, Miami Poetry Festival was created in 2011 by the University of Wynwood and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The festival occurs every other year in April (during National Poetry Month) and has the mission of delivering a poem to every single person in Miami-Dade County in the span of one month.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Poets gather annually in the heart of downtown Delray Beach to offer workshops, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings, many of which are open to the public. Palm Beach Poetry Festival Workshops offer participants extraordinary opportunities to improve their skills and generate new work. Workshop admission is by application with sample poems.

Other Words
Begun in 2004, Other Words is a conference of literary magazines, independent publishers, and writers. Events include two days of panels, readings, and workshops.

Florida Poetfan

Alberto Meza and his students
Miami Dade College
Miami, Florida

I have made a commitment to bring Neruda's imagery in the classroom. In fact, my students have worked on Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) in woodcuts and etchings.
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Hear selections from an interview with this Poetfan.

Poetic History

Homes of Elizabeth Bishop and Others: Key West, FL
Long before the overseas highway connected it to the mainland and cruise ships made it a regular port of call, Key West was a tropical frontier town. Read more >

A. R. Ammons in Florida
As David Lehman writes in a profile of the poet, "The trash heap [Ammons] saw off the I-95 in Florida that led him to write Garbage put him in mind of 'a sort of secularized sacred rite,' he says. 'The smoke was the incense, the garbageman was the priest, the garbage heap was the church.' He also wanted a 'subject that was as inexhaustible as a landfill.' And the garbage mound endeared itself to him for a third reason: he liked its geometry. Read more >

Poems about Florida

Nomad Exquisite
by Wallace Stevens
As the immense dew of Florida...

The Philosopher in Florida
by C. Dale Young
Midsummer lies on this town...

Self-Portrait as Miranda
by Geri Doran
My story begins at sea, in the bitter liquid...

Florida
by Elizabeth Bishop
The state with the prettiest name...

Florida in January
by William Logan
The cold of winter is somehow colder here...

Insect Life of Florida
by Lynda Hull
In those days I thought their endless thrum...

Fabliau of Florida
by Wallace Stevens
Barque of phosphor On the palmy beach...

Writing Programs

Florida International University
Located in Miami, Florida International University offers an MFA degree in poetry, with faculty including Campbell McGrath and Denise Duhamel. Its visiting and permanent faculty and alumni have included award winning poets such as Maxine Kumin, Paul Zimmer and Richard Blanco. The program is also associated with the national literary magazine Gulf Stream.

University of Florida
One of the oldest writing programs, the Department of English offers a two-year program in fiction or poetry leading to the master of fine arts degree. Past faculty includes James Dickey, Richard Eberhardt, Donald Justice, and Maxine Kumin; current faculty members include William Logan, Debora Greger, and Michael Hofmann.

University of Miami MFA Program
The Department of English offers a two-year program in fiction or poetry leading to the master of fine arts degree, providing distinguished visiting writers, a regular reading series, and the literary journal Mangrove.

University of Central Florida
Set within the bustling 47,000-student campus, on the eastern edge of Orlando, the MFA program in Creative Writing focuses on students' original creative work. Students have opportunities to serve as managing editors for the national literary journal, The Florida Review, to assist in the production of the in-house literary journal, The Cypress Dome, as well as to work as Graduate Teaching Assistants, teaching first-year Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing.

University of South Florida
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a graduate-level program offering concentrations in fiction and poetry (with the opportunity to study other genres of writing such as screenwriting and creative nonfiction). Students publish the journal Saw Palm, and current faculty includes Jay Hopler.

Atlantic Center for the Arts
The residency program in New Smyrna Beach, Florida brings together internationally-acclaimed master artists from different disciplines with talented artists who are selected by the masters. The artists attend a three-week residency session that includes master classes, individual critiques, opportunities for collaboration, and private studio time. Atlantic Center for the Arts officially opened in 1982 for the first residency with author James Dickey.

Literary Organizations & Centers

Sarasota Poetry Theatre-Soulspeak
Combines spoken word poetry, chanting and singing in a multi-voiced musical form; the music for MANY VOICES is an eclectic blend of alternative, new age, and ambient music.

West Florida Literary Federation
The WFLF is an umbrella organization for many western Florida literary organizations. They publish an anthology, The Emerald Coast Review, and provide information about many events including readings, conferences, and workshops.

Florida Literary Arts Organization
Founded in 2004 by Anhinga Press, Fiction Collective 2, and the University of Tampa Press, the Florida Literary Arts Coalition works to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.

South Florida Writers Association
The South Florida Writers Association is dedicated to the writing aspirations of its members, giving writers tools to succeed including conferences, contests, guest speakers, critique groups, networking, and publications. Membership is an annual fee of $50.

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