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

date
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
After The I Hate to Cook Cookbook (1961)
 
 
How scattered I am: post-spouse, with company coming;
in Florida in my earthquake gown, in my eelskin slingbacks
 
and electric mink stole. I tried to make
puff paste with sweating hands; butter
 
in the KitchenAid, covered in Everglaze;
apocalyptic looking and
poem
She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask.  No more
2
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