"POET'S PEN SHOWCASE"
FIRST COAST POETRY SHOWCASE
April 10th, 2022
On April 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. North Florida Poetry Hub "The Poet's Pen" authors will be showcased and give readings from their books, along with sharing the stage with A Gathering of Poets, Women Writing For (a) Change at the Unitarian Universalist’s Church on Arlington Expressway to celebrate and share poetry along with presenting awards to local winners of the “Young Voices” 2022 high school poetry contest.
This exciting event will showcase authors of the Poet’s Pen Poetry Book Series, a North Florida Poetry Hub project.
Promising to be a unique and pleasant way to pass a Sunday afternoon, the event is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with Poet’s Pen Book Showcase readings, opportunities to purchase books from a wonderful selection of unique, limited-edition handmade poetry books, zines and traditional books, music CD’s along with Women Writing For (a) Change beautiful full-color Anthologies and writing Journals.
Our Poet's Pen Authors are Profiled below:
POET'S PEN VOLUME 1
Ruth Van Alstine
Ruth Van Alstine is a life-long poet who designed the first "Poet's Pen Zine" as an afterthought while making cards for another project, then thought, "Wow, what a great way to tutor our poets on how to self-publish their own unique limited-edition books and zines!” The rest was history....
POET'S PEN VOLUME 2
"OUT & ABOUT"
“I was very excited to be the first member to publish a Poet’s Pen. I learned a lot of valuable information about self-publishing. The cover photo, a window opening up to the outside, was a hopeful vision for an end to the Covid pandemic, or at the very least, our long months of isolation at home.”
POET'S PEN VOLUME 3
“My Poet's Pen project, Murmuration, allowed me to create something compact that I can easily share with friends.”
POET'S PEN VOLUME 4
"Breakfast Poems" was inspired by observations of customers at a favorite café. He is of Native heritage and identifies as BIPOC. In 2012 he suffered a brain injury and has been diagnosed with Pseudobulbar Affect, yet he continues to write, to share life experiences, poetry and wisdom.
POET'S PEN VOLUME 5
Sally Wahl Constain
As a member of the North Florida Poetry Hub, Sally has been especially proud and appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the Poet's Pen project. The poems in her chapbook, Autumn Again, were created to reflect on life and its challenges, and to offer hope.
POET'S PEN VOLUME 6
Her love of photography and nature often inspire her writings. Holy Longings, a collection of spiritual poems reflect her faith and love of God.
POET'S PEN VOLUME 7
"NONETS IN NINE COURSES"
“I enjoyed the challenge and fun of using the nonet poetry form in a way that allowed me to integrate several short pieces into a cohesive work that, in its use, could be transformed into, yet, another artform -- cookery.”
POET'S PEN VOLUME 8
POET'S PEN VOLUME 9
Shani Naeema is a poet / artist / photographer from the North Florida Poetry Hub who has published "A Rainbow of Me", Poet's Pen Volume 9.
“Excited about the project, I wanted to explore the topic of the individual as a composite of multiple feelings, multiple characters – a rainbow of me.”
POET'S PEN VOLUME 10
“This started out as "What Trees See", so I assembled poems about things trees could see. Then Ruth came up with such a fine cover with a tree and reflections that I wanted to use it. But I didn't have the heart to scrap the project and go with poems about reflections, so you have what trees might reflect on.”
POET'S PEN VOLUME 11
Unfluttered grew wings from the support and encouragement of writers in the North Florida Poetry Hub. Thanks to the Poets Pen Project, these original poems can reach you and draw you into a moment of pause.”
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.