MONTHLY POETRY WORKSHOPS
North Florida Poetry Hub hosts FREE, OPEN TO EVERYONE on-line poetry and writer's workshops where you can bring your words to share, ask for critique if desired, hold discussions with like-minded people or just hang out if you want to. Bring your pen and paper, a favorite beverage. Writing prompts are a fun and creative favorite activity on these relaxing evenings.
Unique Members-only Benefits
North Florida Poetry Hub offers many opportunities to it's members to publish their words and get them in public places. These are just a few of our engaging projects designed to promote and get our poets published, and their words noticed.
Public Display of North Florida Poetry Hub Member's Poetry
Hope At Hand hosts JAX Poetry Fest each year in Jacksonville. This consists of all kinds of cool poetry events ranging from workshops, live poetry performances and in April of 2021 and 2022, a Poetry Walk. North Florida Poetry Hub members wrote special poems for the occasion and Hope At Hand had sandwich boards created which were displayed at various venues on the sidewalks and parks in downtown Jacksonville. Awesome!
These sandwich board signs will also be used at future events by Hope At Hand and North Florida Poetry Hub. Haiku poems written by NFPH members were also included on the Haiku Wall downtown. Another awesome benefit of being a member of the North Florida Poetry Hub!
THE POET'S PEN PROJECT
OUR MEMBERS LEARN HOW TO AND PUBLISH THEIR OWN BOOKS OF POETRY:
Our Poet’s Pen Project was created to assist poets who have never self-published a book before being guided through the steps of how to self-publish a small chapbook or Zine. Each member collaborates with an experienced desktop publisher and guide on the ins and outs of taking a collection of poems or writings and turn it into a small run, numbered, limited-edition chapbook or Zine. Through this process they gain the knowledge of how to go about to create and self-publish books in the future. Experienced published writers use the program to create meaningful unique limited-edition books or Zines as a unique and enjoyable publishing experience. All our members enjoy the experience of participating in the North Florida Poetry Hub members only “Poet’s Pen” project.
POETRY CHARITY PROJECTS
Nursing Home Poetry Holiday Cards ~ Poetry Scrolls
Each year since 2020, our Chapter members have collaborated with Hope-At-Hand for the first Holiday Card Project. Through this collaborative effort, 600 originally designed cards were donated to local nursing homes in the Jacksonville area to brighten and cheer the residents with holiday poetry and festive greetings. The cards designed by Hope-At-Hand and NFPH were filled with poetry written by Chapter members and Hope-At-Hand poetry therapy students. The project is funded through the generosity of Hope-At-Hand.
Poetry Scrolls: Each year in April we create poetry scrolls that include poetry written by our members and donate over 600 scrolls to four area nursing homes and hand them out to the public in honor of National Poetry Month.
These projects have become annual events, being repeated and expanded to reach more residents of our local community each year.
RISING MOON PRESS
We have an on-going working relationship with a small press publishing company who works one-on-one with our poets to publish their own books of poetry and help their dreams become a reality!
* This access to an editor and publisher expertise for advice and assistance is a part of our membership benefit.
IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US ~ IT'S EASY
If you're not a member yet and want to join our Chapter to take advantage of all of our fantastic benefits, it's easy. Just download and fill out form and mail it with your check to FSPA at the address on the form. Then email us or use the "contact us" form and let us know you've signed up!
* The FSPA membership year runs from date of application not Jan-Dec, so no need to wait, join today!
North Florida Poetry Hub is a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association and was created by the local nonprofit Hope at Hand, Inc. to support and help the arts flourish for poets, writers and lovers of all things poetic and artistic in the North Florida region.
POETRY. WELLNESS. HOPE ~ Hope At Hand is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides art and poetry sessions to vulnerable and at-risk youth populations. Using creativity, language, art and therapeutic approaches, we facilitate healing and personal growth for children and adolescents.