FIRST COAST POETRY SHOWCASE
On March 25, 2023 the poetry/writing groups North Florida Poetry Hub, A Gathering of Poets and Women Writing For (a) Change will be at the Southeast Regional Branch Library in Jacksonville to celebrate and share poetry along with presenting awards to local winners of the “First Coast Young Voices” 2023 high school poetry contest.
Promising to be a unique and pleasant way to pass a Saturday afternoon, the event is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with our North Florida Poetry Hub authors reading from their Create-Submit-Celebrate Anthology, followed by author’s book signings.
A Gathering of Poets and Women Writing for (a) Change members will also do readings from a selection of their writings, as will the winners of the high school poetry contest.
There will be a wonderful selection of poetry books, zines and traditional books, and writing Journals. Refreshments will be served. Come join us!
CREATE-SUBMIT-CELEBRATE GOALS ANTHOLOGY AUTHORS
RUTH VAN ALSTINE
Before the goals project, I wasn’t writing consistently and didn’t submit work to publishers regularly. Because of it I’m submitting work regularly, getting published, and won several awards in contests this past year. I love the challenge, of setting goals for myself and it motivates me when I see others work towards and meet their own goals! — Ruth Van Alstine
SALLY WAHL CONSTAIN
The goals program has been an inspiring experience for me. I enjoyed being part of a team effort to get our writing out there. It pushed me to submit my poems to a variety of publications, and even to enter (and win two) poems to the annual contests sponsored by the Florida State Poets Association. Thanks to the goals program, I can now consider myself an 'award winning' poet. — Sally Wahl Constain
Participating in the Goals Project has motivated me to write on a more consistent basis. I even entered several poetry contests and received an honorable mention for one of my favorite nature poems. As a result, I’ve gained confidence in my ability to create poems that others can enjoy. — Pat Krause
The Create-Submit-Celebrate goals program has challenged me as a purpose-driven writer to stay the course and continue writing so that I too might receive the healing that comes with writing. I thought writing would be the panacea to all; that is until I started submitting my writings and they were published. I'm so elated to have joined the goals project. Thanks, Ruth & North Florida Poetry Hub! — Cynthia Butler Jackson
PAULA VELOSO BABADI
I love the accountability aspect of Create-Submit-Celebrate. Knowing I'll have to report progress on my goal each month keeps me from procrastinating. Because of this program, I regularly submit poetry and essays for publication and it's a great feeling to see results and share my words. — Paula Veloso Babadi
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.