City of Writers Poetry Festival

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A celebration of local poets in St. Pete

In honor of National Poetry Month, Gloria Muñoz, the City of St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, has partnered with community organizations and businesses to host events in all pockets of St. Pete to highlight and celebrate the local poetry influence in the Sunshine City. 

Known as a City of the Arts, St. Pete's writing community is expansive. City of Writers Poetry Festival will highlight emerging and established writers who reflect the talent, diversity, and creativity of St. Petersburg.

Festival events are listed below:

Kick-Off Event Featuring Ross Gay and the St. Pete Youth Farm

Date & Time: April 1 at 6:30 pm
Location: Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave S. St.
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-poetry-month-kickoff-with-ross-gay-tickets-576106739767
Community Partners: St. Pete Youth Farm & Tombolo Books

Poetry Workshops

Date & Time: Every Tuesday at 6 pm
Location: The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Ave S. St. 
Registration Link: https://keepstpetelit.org/
Community Partners: Writing About Florida, Tyler Gillespie, Mi Gente Mi Pueblo Restorative Writing, Corpus Verbum with Piper Harrow, Mindful Writing with Melissa Carroll

Poetry Hangout

Date & Time: April 4 at 6 pm
Location: Moore Eventful, 11141 US Hwy 19 N Suite 204, Clearwater, FL 
Community Partners: Miesha & Keesha Brundridge

SPEAK Open Mic

Date & Time: April 8 at 7 pm
Location: The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Ave S. St. 
Community Partners: Keep St. Pete Lit
Featuring: Slam Anderson, Cutris Davis 
Hosted by Maureen McDole & Sara Ries

Embers Book Release

Date & Time: April 11 at 7 pm
Location: Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave S. St.
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embers-and-scars-launch-event-with-miesha-brundridge-tickets-591583240397
Community Partners: Tombolo Books
Featuring: Miesha Brundridge, Jake-ann Jones, and Sara Ries Dziekonski, and Modern Medusa

Poetry at the Dalí

Date & Time: April 12 at 6:30 pm*
Location: The Dalí, 1 Dalí Blvd
Registration link: https://thedali.org/event/poetry-at-the-dali-online-2022-2023-04-13/
Community Partners: Eckerd College and the DALÍ Poetry Series
*DATE CHANGE

Roy Peter Clark Book Release

Date & Time: April 20 at 7 pm
Location: Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave S. St.
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-for-tell-it-like-it-is-with-roy-peter-clark-and-guests-tickets-583895476087
Community Partners: Tombolo Books

Youth Poetry Showcase

Date & Time: April 21 at 6 pm
Location: Studio @ 620, 620 1st Ave. S.
Community Partners: Cultured Books, Barbershop Book Club, Florida Humanities, Heard Em’ Say 
Hosts: Miesha Brundridge, Keesha Brundridge, Antonio Brown, Lorielle J. Hollaway, Gloria Muñoz 
A Fundraiser for Cultured Books & Barbershop Book Club

AAPI Poetry Reading & Panel

Date & Time: April 26 at 7 pm
Location: Warehouse Arts District Association, 515 22nd St. S.
Community Partners: WADA, Florida Humanities
Featured Poets: Ryan Cheng, Yuki Jackson, Sam Obeid, Alexa Stoffer, and Avni Vyas

Poetry Party X Yellow Jacket Press Launch

Date & Time: April 27 at 7 pm
Location: Studio @620, 620 1st. Ave S.
Community Partners: Keep St. Pete Lit, Yellow Jacket Press, St. Pete Arts Alliance, Studio @620

Closing Event - Al Downing PAM JAM

Date & Time: April 30 at 3 pm
Location: American Stage, 163 3rd. St. N.
Community Partners: Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association and American Stage