Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meet the Authors Book Fair

09/01/16 at 10:00AM registration opens for the  Meet the Authors' Book Fair on 11/19 & 20, 2016 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne Florida.

 Space is limited and fills up quickly. If you want to secure a place at the book fair, sign up ASAP ~

Children’s Author E.L. Konigsburg to be Honored at Literary Legends Award Reception


St. Augustine, Fla. — The late children’s author E.L. Konigsburg was a master of illuminating classic themes of childhood and adolescence in stories that captivated the young adult audience. Rebellion against authority, the complexity of friendship and social acceptance, for example, were subjects often tackled in her books. In 1968, she was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal for her contribution to children’s literature, and then again, in 1997. 

2016 will mark yet another year of recognition when on Sept. 16 she will posthumously be awarded the Florida Heritage Book Festival Literary Legends Award. 

“E. L. Konigsburg certainly meets all of the criteria to receive the award,” Debra Rhodes Gibson, vice-president of the festival, said. “She has produced a body of work over time that is exceptional in quality and has been widely recognized.”

Each year the Florida Heritage Book Festival honors at least one acclaimed author with ties to the Sunshine State. The authors are recognized at the Literary Legends Banquet, a tradition that has seen some of Florida’s most acclaimed writers accept their awards in person and enthrall audiences with remarks about their legendary careers. Posthumous Legends Awards have also been granted. Former recipients have included John D. MacDonald (2014), Ernest Hemingway (2012) and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston (2011).

Paul and Ross Konigsburg, sons of E.L. Konigsburg, will be in attendance on Sept. 16 to receive the posthumous award for their mother, who once was a school teacher in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Konigsburg is well-known for many of her 20 books, the most popular of which include the Newbery Medal Award winners “The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and “The View from Saturday.” The former told the adventure of two children who ran away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the latter, of middle schoolers who form a special bond with their paraplegic teacher.

Konigsburg’s recognition marks an effort on the part of the Florida Heritage Book Festival to include children’s and young adult authors in its events, especially the author presentations.

“We are hoping to include more young people and families in this annual event, inspiring the next generation of writers and readers, embedding an appreciation for sharing literature among families and across all generations,” Gibson said.

The Literary Legends Award Reception, which will induct Konigsburg into the festival’s Literary Legends Hall of Fame, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Flagler College’s Solarium, on the top floor of Ponce Hall. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. To register and purchase tickets, visit here: http://fhbookfest.com/events/literary-legends-banquet.

The event will help raise funds for the festival’s beneficiary programs: St. Johns County Friends of the Library groups, The St. Augustine Record Newspaper Media in Education program and a scholarship for a Flagler College student.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nerding Out at the Space Coast Comic Con with Critically-Acclaimed Author-Panelists on “Crafting Magical Worlds”

Authors provide an educational forum during a fun event in Brevard County, Florida

Award-winning local author, Jaimie Engle, will autograph books at this year’s Space Coast Comic Con at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa, Florida on September 9th, 10th, and 11th. On Saturday, September 10th, Engle will be joined by four amazing local authors to speak during a panel on “Crafting Magical Worlds.” On this panel, five imaginative fantasy authors from the Space Coast region provide a behind-the-scenes look of their unique creative processes, what drives their development and their inspiration to build fantasy worlds in literature. A range from epic to urban to horror for audiences of young adult and adult readers alike, you’re sure to meet your new favorite author and find your next best book at The Con.   

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Jaimie Engle - Writing for Younger Readers: Jaimie Engle writes young adult spec fiction, and is the host of "The Right Engle" podcast, where she discusses sci-fi & fantasy books, films, and shows. Dreadlands:Wolf Moon spins Vikings with Werewolves compared to How to Train Your Dragon  meets the Shanarah Chronicleswww.jmebooks.com.

D. Ryan Gish - Making Old Creatures New Again: D. Ryan Gish's debut novel Enthralled was inspired by his close group of friends. His Zombie fiction merges with the Wild West loner creating a compelling story compared to the Walking Dead meets the Dark Tower. www.jmebooks.com.

Janice Hardy - Writing for Commercial Success: Janice Hardy is the author of The ShifterBlue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She's also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structurea self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel.

Keith Rommel – Writing with Cinematic Vision: Keith Rommel is an award winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, "Horror for the curious mind." His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man (see below) are at various stages of production, nearing release for 2016. 

E. J. Wenstrom - Setting up a Sequel: E. J. Wenstrom is a fantasy and science fiction author living in Cape Canaveral, FL. Her debut novel Mud is the first in the Chronicles of the Third Realm War series, and is a Royal Palm Literary Award Semifinalist. She writes for websites about comics, writing and geek culture—find her bylines in The Mary Sue, DIY MFA and more.

Engle will be featured in an interview on the Mike and Mindy show on 99.3 FM at 9am, September 8th, to help promote the event. For more information about the Space Coast Comic Con, visit the event website at http://spacecoastcomiccon.com.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Appreciation

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter Announces Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference:

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter Announces Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference:
SleuthFest 2017 Writers Conference Will Take Place February 23-26, 2017  in Boca Raton Florida

BOCA RATON, Florida – Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter is pleased to announce dates for Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference. SleuthFest will take place February 23-26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida.
One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, Sleuthfest is an intensive four day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques. 
The 2017 SleuthFest Writers Conference features a host of luminaries, best-selling authors, and industry insiders, including Keynote Speaker David Baldacci; Forensic Guest of Honor Dr. Vincent Di Maio, legendary publisher Neil Nyren, and special guest authors, including Jeff Lindsay, Reed Farrel Coleman, SJ Rozan, Joe Lansdale, and Jane Cleland.
A preeminent event for writers in all genres, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world. Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals.  Past conferences have featured such Keynote presenters and Guests of Honor including Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, James W. Hall, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Michael Baden, Robert Crais, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, and Linda Fairstein, Valerie Plame, and others.

To Register:  www.sleuthfest.com. Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2017 Co-chairs: Joanne Sinchuk  murdermb@gate.net  561-279-7790 or Victoria Landis  victoria@landisdesignresource.com 561-716-3481

Writer's Atelier Presents: Submissions Ready with Lori Goldstein (Online Class)

Description:
Got a finished novel? Great! Ready to sign that killer book deal? Fantastic! But hold onto your pen, because first, you need an agent. Agents are the gatekeepers to traditional publishers, and today, agents receive literally hundreds of inquiries a week. To stand out among this fierce competition, three things are vital: an enticing query, a concise synopsis, and a whopper of a first page. In this course, writers will learn the structure and key elements of each of these three pieces of the query submission package. Examples of successful queries, synopses, and first pages will be dissected. Plus, each week, writers will have their work reviewed by the instructor. But the real value in receiving a critique is in understanding if you’ve nailed that revision or not. With that in mind, writers will be invited to submit their revised pieces to the instructor for an additional pass. Each component—the query, synopsis, and first page—will be critiqued by the instructor twice. The end result: a perfect query submission package. You will become . . . Submission Ready!
Week 1: The Query: How to Tame Your Manuscript into a 250-Word Pitch
In this first lesson, the instructor will dive into the all-important query letter. Writers will learn the basic structure and what each component must convey. The instructor will then focus on the “pitch” section, explaining how to construct a concise pitch that packs a punch. Examples of successful queries will be shown and dissected. The “do’s and don’ts” will provide concrete tips for crafting your query.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their query using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 2: The Synopsis: How to Wrangle Your Manuscript into One Page
In lesson two, the instructor will help you expand that pitch you’ve honed into a one-page synopsis. Writers will learn techniques for boiling their full manuscript down to the essentials in order to show agents what their novel is truly about. What stays and what goes will be demonstrated. Strategies and specific instructions will allow writers to employ these techniques in their synopsis.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their synopsis using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 3: The First Page: How to Bring Your Query and Synopsis to Life
In the final lesson, the instructor will discuss what makes a great first page, the final element of the submissions package. The first page must be a powerhouse. It has much heavy lifting to do in terms of setting the tone, style, character, world, and more. It must achieve certain things and do so with writing that leaps from the page and grabs the reader. After reviewing a list of what a first page must do, the instructor will provide examples of successful first pages.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their first page using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 4: Questions!
In the final week of this course, writers will have the chance to have a personal, one-on-one, 15-minute call with the instructor during which they can ask specifics about their submission package, questions about querying, or tips for navigating the publishing world. Writers have the option of emailing questions in lieu of the call.
When: This class will run from October 3, 2016 – October 30, 2016
Where: Online
Investment: $250 (full class) OR $150 (critique only)
*First 10 people to sign up by September 1, 2016 will receive 25% off of the 4-week class. 
*Need a payment plan? Email racquel@racquelhenry.com
Space is limited!

Flagler College to host over 30 award-winning writers as the Florida Heritage Book Festival returns to downtown St. Augustine



St. Augustine, Fla. – More than 30 award-winning writers and literary enthusiasts will share their experiences and tips of the writing profession with hundreds of veteran and emerging writers, as part of the ninth annual Florida Heritage Book Festival (FHBF). The event, which showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, will be held at Flagler College from Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17. This year’s three-day event will include critique sessions and lectures on the writing craft, as well as a day-long book festival, which is free and open to the public. Below is an overview of events:


•           Thursday, Sept. 15, Critique Session Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their writing submissions from peers and session leaders. This year’s session leaders include fiction writer Sohrab Homi Fracis, recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction; non-fiction specialist Eric Cravey, United Press International’s “Stringer of Year” in Georgia recipient of an Excellence in Business News Reporting Award from the Florida Press Club; and poet Darlyn Finch Kuhn, whose work has appeared on NPR, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Registration is required at fhbookfest.com.

•           Thursday evening, “Stetson Kennedy Legacy: Man in the Mirror” event, 7 p.m. The event will honor the centennial of the late of Stetson Kennedy, American folklorist and human rights activist with a performance by Young Minds Readers Theater of Jacksonville, and a conversation on Kennedy’s impact between Dr. Peggy A. Bulger, retired executive director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society. The event, funded in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, is free and open to the public and will be held at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

•           Friday, Sept. 16, Writers Workshops and Keynote Luncheon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required at fhbookfest.com. Workshops include:

* “Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time” by Michael Morris explores character development.
* “Finding Bigfoot and Developing Scenes” recounts Joe Gisondi’s adventures and shares tips on the research and writing process.
* “How to let the necessity of plot guide your writing” by John Dufresne emphasizes the significance of plot in the craft.
* Brad & Darlyn Kuhn discuss branding yourself in “Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon.”
* Keynote speaker Susanna Daniel discusses “My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape” during the festival luncheon.
* Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools:  50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” reveals the secrets of the writing process.
* Jennie Jarvis details a practical guide to creating dynamic characters in “Crafting the Character Arc.”
* Terrell Griffin discusses “From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel.”
* Cecilia Milanes presents a workshop titled  “Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft.”
* Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke talks about his own process in  “The Writing Life:  Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems.”
* John Henry Fleming digs deeper into neuroscience in his lecture titled “Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers.”
* In “A Good Title is Not Hard to Find,” Robin Lippincott offers guidelines for creating effective titles.

•           Friday evening, The Literary Legend Reception, This event will honor Elaine Lobl (E.L.) Konigsburg, the late American writer and illustrator of children's books. The posthumous award will be accepted by her son Paul Konigsburg.  Registration is required here.

•           Saturday, Sept. 17, Florida Heritage Book Festival Presentations, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Twenty-nine featured authors will offer free presentations showcasing Florida's rich and diverse literary culture, and three acclaimed writers will offer two hands-on youth sessions focused on poetry and the graphic novel ($20 per youth). The Festival Marketplace will include over 50 vendors of books and book. The St. Johns County Library Bookmobile and staff will offer children's activities. All activities take place in and around Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center, located at 50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. VeloFest Bicycle Parking will be on site.

To register or for more information, visit http://www.fhbookfest.com.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

South Florida Writer Makes Her Mark With Love and Diamonds Mystery Series





"Reyes' series debut sparkles like a five-carat stone. Brilliant!''
Deborah Sharp, Author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries

Jeweler's Mark: A Love and Diamonds Mystery, the just-published book by R. V. Reyes, interweaves the author's experience as a third generation jewelry designer in her family's jewelry business within the glamour and glitz of her native Miami to create a sparkling new addition to South Florida's mystery scene.

The Love and Diamonds series introduces readers to Gigi Santos, a wedding ring designer and diamond appraiser, who falls for cover-boy handsome Detective Carlos Garcia. When he comes to investigate a year-old burglary at Gigi’s jewelry business they flirt and sparks fly. Gigi is sure she will have him on her arm as her ten-year high school reunion date. That is, until her best friend Lourdes becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the reunion's organizer. Gigi knows Lourdes is innocent and she is determined to prove it. When Gigi’s sleuthing puts her and the people she loves in danger, Detective Garcia tries to keep her out of harm’s way. But, by uncovering dark secrets and fake diamond rings under the Miami moonlight, it's not sure where their adventures will take their relationship.

Lesley A. Diehl, Author of the Eve Appel mysteries (Camel Press), exclaims, “Gigi Santos is a gem of a protagonist. You’ll love her courage and style in this hot cozy mystery. I give it 24 karats.”

Kait Carson, Author of Death by Sunken Treasure (Henery Press) states, “True love and diamonds, two of the hardest, and strongest, substances known to man, or woman… R.V. Reyes has captured the joy and the fast pace of living in Miami where the truth is as hot the Florida sun.” 

R. V. Reyes is an active member of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes Cozy in Miami, a blog featuring interviews with leading Florida mystery writers, including Elaine Viets, Susan Cox, Michael Haskins and Kait Carson. Learn more about R.V. Reyes at www.rvreyes.com.

Jeweler's Mark: A Love and Diamonds Mystery, is available in paperback and Kindle eBook on Amazon and at area South Florida bookstores.
·  ISBN-10: 1536939501
·  ISBN-13: 978-1536939507

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 19 and 20, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Both events are at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935, FREE and open to the public.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will have more than 50 authors represented and available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and childrens books will participate, as well as local writers’ groups.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors and has special projects to encourage the joy of reading. They support those serving in the military by collecting books which are donated to Operation Paperback and mailed to our military members in the US and throughout the world. They also accept donations of children's books for their Kids Who Read Succeed project.
Come out for a day of fun and let your muse run wild! For more information contact: Marshall Frank (321) 254-3398 MLF283@aol.com or Valerie Allen VAllenWriter@cs.com ValerieAllenWriter.com

Women's National Book Association South Florida Chapter Meeting


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Women's National Book Association
South Florida Chapter Meeting

Daphne Nikolopoulos, Editor in Chief
 Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine and Editorial Director of Palm Beach Media Group
“Gloss Ambition: An editor’s advice on writing for magazines”
Learn how to research the magazines best suited to your knowledge and style; the most effective pitching process; how to craft stories for magazines

 Members: Free  Guests: $10. Join: $40. Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Pineapple Grove. 273 NE 2nd Av. Delray Beach, FL 33444 Phone: 561-279-7790 www.murderonthebeach.com

Yesterday's Tomorrow by G. W. Pomichter


Author and journalist G.W. Pomichter, the host of the Hangin With Web Show and creator of The Lucky Marks Mystery novels, has released his latest book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow.  This near future speculative fiction thriller is a collaboration with friend William DuPree, and ponders some timely “what-ifs.”

“We had so much fun and learned so much researching this book,” Pomichter said.  “It was quite a journey and one that we hope will help our readers suspend disbelief and ask themselves some tough and even uncomfortable questions.”

The book is set in a near future where a nuclear attack and subsequent electro-magnetic-pulse render the U.S. power grid inoperable along the East Coast of the country from Maine to Miami and as far West as the Mississippi River.  The story follows two families, both spread out throughout the country and , in fact, the world when these critical disasters occur.  

“We ask the question, quite simply, ‘What would you do,’” Pomichter said.  “We outline the how and why and give you a story to follow, but within the context of this new reality, the heart of the book is about how human beings interact, how we communicate and how we survive.  It is about you.  It is about asking the question, 'could I survive?’ or ‘Could I rebuild.””


For information contact G.W. Pomichter at gwpomichter@gmail.com

Detour Trail by Joy V Smith

Joy V. Smith
Detour Trail
Melange Books, LLC
2338 Jansen Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
February 25, 2013
$12.95 (print); $5.99 (ebook)
138 pp
9781612355702
 
Detour Trail: A Historical Novel About the Intrepid Men and Women Who Settled America's Western Frontier
Joy V. Smith, better known for her science fiction adventures, has written a western novel, Detour Trail, a story of adventure and romance along the Oregon Trail. 
    Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorena Emerson is alone after her 
uncle is killed by a thief trying to steal his money belt. Ignoring the wagon 
master's advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they 
join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and 
steep mountain passes. It's a long way to Oregon, and because another 
woman needs her help, Lorrie again goes her own way, leaving the wagon 
train and the Oregon Trail to travel onward—off the beaten path—with her 
small group of wagons. She's helped by members of her wagon train, people
she meets along the way, and the mule, Jake, an integral part of the story.
You'll meet them as they join in her travels and encounters with enemies 
and as she searches for a new home and supplies as winter reaches out its 
icy hands.... Settling the frontier isn't easy!

Detour Trail is available from Melange Books, the publisher--and online.

Joy V. Smith
Pagadan@aol.com
About the Author

Joy V. Smith has been writing stories since she was a kid.  Her stories and 
articles have been published in print magazines, ezines, and anthologies; 
and her SF has been published in two audiobooks, including Sugar Time.  
Her books include Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching 
the Pocketbook, a collection of her published short stories, Aliens, Animals, 
and Adventure; a children's book, Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?; and 
six e-books: Hidebound (SF romance/adventure), Pretty Pink Planet (SF),  
Hot Yellow Planet (the sequel), The Doorway and Other Stories (SF and 
fantasy), Detour Trail (western novel), and Remodelling: Buying and 
Updating a Foreclosure.  Detour Trail is also available in print (Lulu).  
She lives in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Pemberley, the 
tortoiseshell cat.

Strike Three by Joy V. Smith

 
Strike Three
Joy V. Smith
WolfSinger Publications
P.O. Box 31036
Colorado Springs, CO 80931
ISBN/EAN13:   1936099659 / 9781936099658
$4.95 (ebook) and $12.95 (paperback)
161 pages
June 26, 2014
 
Strike Three is a post-apocalyptic novel:
 
Because of the "hot virus," the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to "scorched earth."
 
Can a new world move beyond the losses, mistakes, and regrets?
 
Joy V. Smith has been writing since she was a little kid; she loved to read, and she wanted to create her own books, so she did, complete with covers.  Now she writes fiction--her favorite genre is science fiction--and non-fiction.  Her short stories have been published in print magazines, webzines, anthologies, and two audiobooks, including Sugar Time.  
 
Her books include fiction and non-fiction and two collections of her published short stories: The Doorway and Other Stories and Aliens, Animals, and Adventure.  She lives in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Pemberley, the tortoiseshell cat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

YOUNG POETS OFFERED SPECIAL PROGRAM


Volusia County residents between the ages of 14 and 20 can enroll in a free Young Poets Mentoring Program that will link them to established poets and result in publication. The program is directed by Volusia County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod and starts this August.

Young poets and their mentors will set a schedule to exchange emails and possibly to meet personally to help write, revise and assemble a group of poems. The results will include performance opportunities and publication in an anthology.  Twelve or twenty individual young poets may have a first book published.

Funding for the project is provided by the Walmart, the Root Family, Daytona Kia, Daytona Toyota and numerous other groups and individuals. In addition to free lessons, both the young poets and mentors will have a small budget to cover the costs of supplies and/or transportation.

Dr. Axelrod will donate copies of his own book, All Vows: New & Selected Poems (Nirala, 2016) together with a Student and Teacher Guide. The books will be given to each mentor and student as well as copies to teachers and students in schools Dr. Axelrod visits.

Established poets who would enjoy mentoring are also welcome to join the program. Those interested in joining the Mentoring Program can view details at  www.volusiapoetlaureate.com, email axelrod@volusiapoetlaureate.com or call Dr. Axelrod at 386-337-4567.
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

YOUNG POETS PROGRAM LAUNCHES “LOUDER THAN A BOMB”

 
The award-winning documentary film, “Louder than a Bomb” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, free at City Island Library to celebrate the start of the Volusia County Young Poets Mentoring Program. The film traces high school poets who prepare and compete in poetry slam competitions.

The event will be hosted Volusia County Poet Laureate, Dr. David B. Axelrod, who has fund raised to coordinate the Mentoring Program. Students—ages 14 to 20—will be paired with established poets who will help them write, revise and collect together a group of poems. The results will be performance opportunities, anthology publication, and even the chance for the free publication of a first book.

“Many people think of poetry as a bit like plain popcorn—bland at best,” says Dr. Axelrod. “When people view ‘Louder than a Bomb,’ poetry is more like the new snack-food craze, Takis—pretty hot.” It’s not that young poets all want to slam, Axelrod explains, but the program will encourage experimentation and individual creativity.  

There will be an open mic to read poems after the film. Mentoring will be done on line—at the convenience of the students and mentors. There are no set times though it is also hoped that students and mentors can meet for workshops as well.

The event will provide details about the Mentoring Program as well as a chance to sign up. Young poets can fill in a form to apply and asked to bring copies of three poems to submit that will help place them with a mentor. City Island Library is located at 105 E. Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach. For more details, go to www.volusiapoetlaureate.com, email axelrod@volusiapoetlaureate.com, or call Dr. Axelrod at 386-337-4567.