Upcoming Readings

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 2:45pm

Location: Eckerd College

Lewis House, Palmer Room

4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

What: Reading/Signing

Who: Peter Meinke (Poetry)

Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg and Professor Emeritus at Eckerd College has published 15 books of poems, two books of short stories, and currently collaborates with his artist wife, Jeanne Meinke, on a bi-weekly column, Poet’s Notebook, for Tampa Bay’s alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing. Peter and Jeanne’s latest collaboration is The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing and Reading Poems.  In it, Peter discusses the value of poetry in general, formal poetry in particular, and Jeanne has added 18 drawings of writers.

Peter Meinke will be one of the guest speakers at the 2013 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time: 2:45pm

Location: Eckerd College

Roberts Music Center 104

4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

What: Reading/Signing

Who: Jon Chopan (Fiction) and Jay Baron Nicorvo (Poetry)

Jay Baron Nicorvo’s debut collection, Deadbeat, revolves around a central character of the same name—an absent father and husband, and the family that goes on without him. An effigy for America and our culture of recession, Deadbeat is brought to life with honesty, sympathy and love in all of its complications.

Jay is an alum of the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise.

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Ale and the Witch

111 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

What: Reading/Signing

Who: Dale Lucas and Melanie Neale McLendon

Beating Windward Press

Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47′ sailboat with her parents and her sister. The family traveled the US East Coast and the Bahamas from the mid 1980’s to the end of the 1990’s, and both daughters were home-schooled until they went to college. Melanie began writing poetry and short stories when she was a young child, and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University in 2006. She lived aboard her own 28′ sailboat while in graduate school in Miami. She has taught college, captained and crewed on boats, detailed boats, worked in a bait shop, worked in marketing, and currently works as the Director of Career Services for a private art college in northern Florida, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Melanie is an alum of the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise.

 

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