Thursday, February 11, 2010

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Event: Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Lake Lily Park
840 Lake Lily Drive
Maitland, FL 32751

When: two Sundays a month during the Maitland Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. and noon; other PAM special events

Director/Organizer: Vanessa Blakeslee, 407-310-2464 or

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings take place on two Sundays a month at Lake Lily Park in Maitland, plus other special events in which the Performing Arts of Maitland takes part. The event has two available time slots (11 a.m. and noon) for featured writers and poets to read from their work. The Performing Arts of Maitland sponsors local songwriters, singers and musicians every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Maitland Farmer’s Market, and the Maitland Poets & Writers Readings run between the music acts.

On the Sundays in which Maitland Poets & Writers hosts readings in Lake Lily Park, they also offer creative writing workshops (limited to 10 participants) at a cultural locale near the park: the Maitland Art Center (a quick, 2 block walk away), the Civic Center or the Cottage at Lake Lily. Workshops run from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and are open to all writers 18+, beginning or experienced.

The workshops are led by your reading host and MPW Director, Vanessa Blakeslee, and follow the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method. Please contact Vanessa for information on how to register for a workshop. No fee to attend the workshop, but PAM asks that participants make a donation. Maitland Poets & Writers Workshop proceeds solely benefit Maitland Poets & Writers and enable Performing Arts of Maitland to continue to bring literary opportunities to the community.

Upcoming Featured Readers:

Feb 28th
11 am-Mark McKain
Noon-Ben O’Grady (workshop at Maitland Art Center)

March 14th
11 am-Ed Bull
Noon-John Connolly (workshop at Maitland Civic Center)

March 28th
11 am –Rachel Kapitan
Noon-Darlin’ Neal (workshop at Maitland Civic Center)

April 11th
11 am-Ashley Inguanta
Noon-Laura Sobbott Ross (workshop at Maitland Civic Center)

April 25th
11 am-Mark Biddle
Noon-Susan Frith (workshop at Maitland Civic Center)

May 2nd
11 am-Tod Caviness
Noon-Stacy Barton (workshop at the Cottage at Lake Lily)

Vanessa Blakeslee is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2009 she received grants and fellowships from the United Arts of Central Florida, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, The Saranac Review, and Harpur Palate. In 2010 her poetry will appear in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Hiram Poetry Review, among others. She is working on a novel.

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