"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 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....
Ruth Van Alstine
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 on self-publishing. The cover photo, a window opening up to the outside, was a hopeful vision of an end to isolation during the Covid pandemic.”
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
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.
Sally Wahl Constain
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.”
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.