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POETRY READING TO FEATURE VEIGA AND ALVAREZ
NOV. 19 AT FCCJ’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
Local poetry fans will help celebrate International Education Month from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, when Marisella Veiga and Celia Lisset Alvarez give readings in the Main Auditorium of Building A of the FCCJ Downtown Campus (101 W. State St.)
Ms. Veiga’s writing includes news reporting, short fiction and poetry. She has written on a freelance basis for the past six years for the Washington Post, Hispanic Link News Service, Women’s Independent Press, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. She has received such honors as a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in Short Fiction and the Evelyn La Pierre Award for Journalism. She has taught at Georgetown University and other colleges in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Celia Lisset Alvarez is an award-winning poet, the author of two poetry chapbooks (“Shapeshifting” and “The Stones”) and an educator. She resides in Miami, where she is interim director of the St. Thomas University Writing Center. Alvarez has held teaching positions at St. Thomas University, the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College and Florida International University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have been widely published and anthologized.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event will offer secure, lighted parking.
Attendees may meet the guest poets and local poets at a reception that follows the reading (light hors d’oeuvres and beverages).
For further information, e-mail Ann White at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 904-357-8965.
Historically known as the “International” campus for its large multicultural student body, FCCJ’s Downtown Campus will celebrate the week with a number of fun and educational events in concert with activities held at the College’s other campuses. The guest poets’ reading will climax its celebration of International Education Week.
FCCJ’s Downtown Campus is located at 101 West State Street in Downtown Jacksonville. The campus has been undergoing modernizations and the event will occur in the newly-renovated Auditorium on the First Floor.
The appearance of the two poets is made possible through an FCCJ Learning Communities Mini Grant.
WANT TO ‘HIRE A WHIP’? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF 8 CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES
OFFERED BY FCCJ AND UNF
If you are complaining, “I just can’t make myself sit down and write,” you may wish to hire a metaphorical whip by taking a creative writing class from Florida Community College at Jacksonville or the University of North Florida.
At FCCJ’s Deerwood Center, Jeff Olma will be teaching an eight-week class from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in B2207. Creative Writing (CRW 2001, Ref. # 26670) will begin Jan. 7 and end March 2.
At South Campus, FCCJ’s Matt Lany will offer a Monday-Wednesday CRW 2001 class (Ref. #268926) during the B12 term (Feb. 4-May 2) from noon to 1:40 p.m. in Room T102.
Two online classes in CRW 2001 will be offered during the B12 term. #268606 will be taught by Howard Denson, while #273869 will be instructed by Angela Vogel. All activities in both sections will be done online.
CRW 2001 and CRW 3930 are each worth three college credits.
At UNF, a Poetry Workshop (CRW 3930, Ref. #11474) will be offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 to May 2 in Room 2116 of the library. Michelle Leavitt will be the instructor.
Two Fiction Workshops (CRW 3930) will be offered. Mark Ari will instruct Section #11866 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursdays in the library’s Room 2116; the course will begin Jan. 10. Marcus Pactor will be the teacher for Section #11867 from 6 till 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 2116, beginning Jan. 9.
For those interested in screenwriting (CRW 3930; Ref. 11868), a section will be offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Jan. 7, with Allan Marcil as the instructor. The class will again b in Room 2116 of the library.
DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER ‘ANGELA’S ASHES’ ON YOUR HARD-DRIVE?
IF SO, ENTER THE LITERARY SPA MEMOIR CONTEST
Non-fiction is often more popular than fiction in the U.S., so, if you have been working on a memoir or autobiography, you may wish to run a fresh copy of your manuscript and enter it in the Writers’ Festival Literary Spa Memoir Contest.
The contest deadline has been extended to Feb. 3 and is open to unpublished, original memoirs.
Entrant Guidelines are the following:
The Prize for first place will be $200 and a free submission to a literary agent, with the second prize being $150.
NEED TO PUBLICIZE A CULTURAL EVENT?
If you are scheduling a reading, a play, or mini-conferences, Betty Francis reminds you: “The Cultural Council has launched a new events calendar website. You can add your events to the calendar -- just click the button in the right hand corner. It's free and it's easy. Your posting will go live generally by the next day. Here is the link:
BELLDAY POETRY CONTEST OFFERS $2,500 PRIZE TO WINNING POET
Aspiring poets have a few months to polish their poems for the Bellday Poetry Contest (deadline: March 15, 2008). Allan Grossman, the final judge, will select a manuscript worthy of a $2,500 prize.
Grossman has published nine books of poetry, including Sweet Youth (2002), The Woman on the Bridge Over the Chicago River (1979), Of The Great House (1982), and The Bright Nails Scattered on the Ground (1986), and several books of criticism. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among many prizes, he has received the Garrison Award for Poetry, the Prize of the American Academy of Poetry, the Pushcart Prize, the Sheaffer-PEN/New England Award for Literary Distinction, and the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize in Poetry. Grossman has taught at Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University.
Bellday Books will publish the winning book and award $2,500 and 25 copies of the book to the winning author.
--Submit a manuscript of 50-70 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but it may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the internet.
Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.
--Submitted manuscript must contain TWO title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
--Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with a spring clip.
--Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgements page.
--Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.
--Manuscript cannot be returned.
--Postmark deadline: March 15, 2008.
--Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.
--Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.
Entries should be mailed to Bellday Books, Inc., P.O. Box 3687, Pittsburgh, PA 15230.
Questions may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
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The book is available on line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book is physically stocked at Inkwood Books in Tampa, The Book & Cranny in Statesboro, Ga., Waldenbooks in the Savannah Mall, Phillips Pharmacy in Vidalia, Ga. Copies may also be ordered from http://www.theriverhousebooks.com.