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Flagler College Second Annual PoetFest

Flagler College partners with the community to celebrate National Poetry Month in a three-day festival.

Friday, April 15, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Flagler College Second Annual PoetFest

In and around the Ringhavener Student Center
50 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

For the second year in a row, Flagler College presents their three-day poetry festival to celebrate the literary heritage and connect the creative community of St. Augustine. Events range from poetry readings and open mic nights to guided craft classes and meditation. The majority of PoetFest events occur on Saturday, at Flagler College. Most of the sessions below are free and open to the public (unless noted).

The kick-off event of PoetFest will be at Relampago Coffee Lab on Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to learn more about that event.

From April 14 through April 16, PoetFest: At Night will be hosted at Sarbez after the festival events of the day. Click here to learn more about that event.

Those interested in attending the April 15 festival may choose any number of events or any one event:

PoetFest Events at the Ringhaver Student Center - April 15
50 Sevilla Street

8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.Labyrinth Walk — Get in the 'Write' MoodBehind the Alumni HouseA workshop on meditation and open-mindedness in writing led by Annie Kiyonaga, yoga instructor and Ancient City Poet.
9 a.m - 2:30 p.m.Registration, Book Bazaar, PoetFest Contact Center"Jay's Place", 1st FloorGather information about PoetFest. Author recordings and publications will be for sale. Copies of FLARE (Flagler Literary and Art Review) and Élan (Douglas Anderson Arts High School's Literary Magazine) will also be displayed.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.On the Road: St. Johns County Book MobileParked on Sevilla StreetFestival-goers and members of the public may withdraw new books or return old favorites at the St. Johns County Library Book Mobile.
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.Duval Comic and Zine Fest's Zine Zone "Bailey Lounge", 1st FloorHosted by the Duval Comic and Zine Fest, several tables will be exhibiting and selling 'zines' (mini magazines).
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Published Poets and Their Day Jobs"Brown Innovation Center", 1st FloorEver wondered what it was like to be a published poet? Well, it's not as strange as you might think. A panel of work-a-day poets discuss their experiences.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.Make a Zine Workshop"Bailey Lounge", 1st FloorMake your own mini-magazine with Duval County Comic and Zine Fest. $10 Cover, 12 Student limit (first come, first serve)

PoetFest Events at Markland House - April 15
102 King Street

10 a.m.Student ShowcaseFlagler College English Department hosts several of their talented Flagler student poets.
11 a.m.Faculty FocusTeachers and professors from Flagler and beyond share their poetry.
12 p.m.Alumni ShowcaseOrganized by Flagler College's Office of Alumni Engagement, graduates of Flagler College return to their alma mater to read their recent works.
1 p.m.Exploring Ecopoetics: Finding Your Place in NatureFlagler College professor Ben Atkinson leads an "Intro to Poetry in Nature" workshop.
2 p.m.Everything is a Song: Transcending Time and PlaceHalf reading, half workshop that promises to instantly 'alter your mind'.

PoetFest Events at the Gamache-Kroger Theater - April 15
50 Sevilla Street — 1st floor

9 a.m.Haiku and Senryu: Fraternal Twins of Japanese PoetrySt. Augustine Haiku Society's Michael Henry Lee hosts an interactive workshop on historic Japanese forms.
10 a.m.Storytelling Spotlight: Tale Tellers of St. AugustineAs the storytelling movement sweeps the nation, the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine are here to share its wonders.
11 a.m.Women and Writing: Spotlight on Women Who InspireA group of panelists discuss the influence of women writers.
12 p.m.We're Having a Real Bad Time: Tragic Poetry for Tough TimesA panel of poets discuss the power of poetry in times of crisis.
1 p.m.Playwriting Spotlight: The Written Words of a PlayAfter a performance of "Gated Communities", Amy Goldin facilitates a discussion of the unique art form that is playwriting.
2 p.m.Florida Poet ShowcaseSeveral local Florida poets showcase their works. Larry Jaffe, Michael Grover, Lynn Skapyak Harlin, Wayne Mason.

PoetFest Events at the Virginia Room Stage - April 15
50 Sevilla Street — 2nd floor

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.SJCC Haiku Contest Awards PresentationAnnouncement of: 3rd Annual St. Johns County Cultural Council Haiku Contest Winners.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.Out of State Poet Spotlight: New YorkNew York Poet George Wallace shares his works.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.JaxByJax Celebration: First Ten YearsA gathering of Duval County poets celebrate ten years of their prominent literary festival.
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Out of State Poet Spotlight: VirginiaCynthia Atkins of Virginia shares her works.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Rust Belt Poets: Two VoicesJohn Burroughs (US Beat Poet Laureate) and Jonie McIntire (Lucas County OH Poet Laureate) present the words of their region.
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Keynote PerformanceJoe Kidd (Michigan Beat Poet Laureate) and poet Sheila Burke mix music and spoken word in a can't-miss performance.

PoetFest Events at the "Sound Garden"
50 Sevilla Street, Back Courtyard

All throughout the day, the "Sound Garden" between Ringhaver Student Center and Markland House will host an all-day Open Mic with different hosts each hour.

9 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.Welcome to PoetFest 2023Ancient City Poet and PoetFest Chair Chris Bodor
9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.Host: Patricia Rahn KonoverOpen Mic 
10 a.m.Host: Aaron WoodsonOpen Mic
11 a.m.Hosts: Becky Magnolia and Merlyn PourchotOpen Mic
12 p.m.Host: Tale Tellers of St. AugustineOpen Mic
1 p.m.Hosts: Wendy Thornton and Ed CowlesOpen Mic
2 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.Spotlight Reading: St. Augustine Poet LaureateNorma Sherry
2:10 p.m. - 3 p.m.Host: David Axelrod, Volusia County Poet LaureateOpen Mic

Flagler College Second Annual PoetFest

In and around the Ringhavener Student Center
50 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Editor's Note: We encourage you to verify event times and details with the organizers, as they may change.