Saturday, May 15, 2010

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

What's Happening:

Event: Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Location: Lake Lily Park

840 Lake Lily Drive

Maitland , FL 32751


When: two Sundays a month during the Maitland Farmer’s Market; other PAM special events

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

Maitland Poets & Writers Reading Series runs 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 take place between the music acts.

On the Sundays in which Maitland Poets & Writers hosts readings in Lake Lily Park, we also offer creative writing workshops (limited to 12 participants) from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottage at Lake Lily. 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, but PAM asks workshop participants to 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.

Pre-registration for Sunday workshops is required – come join the fun!

Upcoming Featured Readers:

May 16th

11 am Tod Caviness

Noon-Stacy Barton

May 30th:

11 a.m.-Suzy Spraker

Noon-Dale Slongwhite

June 6th:

11 a.m.-Calypso Strawn

Noon Chris McClelland

June 20th:

11 a.m. – Gerry Wolfson-Grande

Noon – Russell Mangum

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 currently at work on a novel.

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