Central Florida Poetry Events in 2015

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on December 30, 2014


Peter Gordon


Peter Gordon, poet and guru of Orlando’s Chapter of the Florida State Poets Association, has delivered a laundry list of cool poetry events for you to consider in 2015:

Hi, Orlando Area Poets —

Our next meeting is January 15, 2015 at the Maitland Library.  I hope you’ll all resolve to spend some time with us.

On Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 PM Elaine Person is hosting a Poetry Coffee House at the Maitland Library.  This event includes an open mike.  Elaine also teaches writing workshops at the Maitland and Winter Park Libraries.  Go to their websites to get the dates and times.

The FSPA Spring Fling will take place April 10-11 in Leesburg — a very convenient location for our members. Two days of poetry for a very reasonable price. You received a registration form with your latest newsletter.  If you no longer have it you can download a copy from the OPAP newsletter at www. floridastatepoetsassociation.org.

If you haven’t received a newsletter, it may be that you neglected to renew your annual membership with the FSPA.  But it’s not too late.  Please go to the website, download a membership form, and send it in.

Of course the big event of the year is the National Convention of State Poetry Associations in St. Petersburg June 24-28, 2015, at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Poets will visit from all over the country.  There are fabulous workshops and events planned, and I hope all of us will take advantage of this event happening in Central Florida.  Please go to the website for more information.

Finally, the third edition of the Central Florida Poetry Anthology — Looking Life in the Eye — is soliciting entries through Jan. 15, 2015.  Many of our members, including me, had poems published in the first two anthologies.  If you did, you know how wonderful it was to see your poems in print.  If you haven’t, now is your chance.  Each poet can submit up to three poems of no more than 36 lines each.  Up to two may be accepted.  Send your submissions to Elaine at lnprsn@aol.com or to CHB Media: chbmedia@gmail.com.

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