Florida Poetry Events

This blog is an interactive event posting for poetry events in Florida. To add YOUR event, email: hypertextual@yahoo.com


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**UPDATE** Registration has temporarily re-opened, as the pool of competing teams has expanded to 32. Invoices will be sent within 24 hours, in the order in which registrations arrive. We will accept 4 more teams, to bring the total to 34 – 32 teams with 2 on the waiting list in case another team drops out. We will also expand the number of indies to 18 – 16 competing with 2 on the waiting list.


First hosted in Asheville, NC this regional competition has been the traveling home of a southern arts revolution. Known for its dynamic creative edge, the Southern Fried Poetry Slam has continued to revolutionize the genre of slam poetry for all who attend.

From June 6-9, 2012, the torch will be passed to Tampa Bay.

Hosting 24 teams from all over the South (and beyond), the 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam will be a beacon of light and change in a rapidly evolving world. Poets at the top of their form will don their timeless regalia and enrich the spirits of all who are present. Over the course of three days, over one hundred poets will compete at several venues in Ybor City, sometimes concurrently. And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill open mic types. Many of these poets have received major media coverage, appearing on HBO, BET, and even in major news outlets like USA Today. If you happen to be in the region, this will be something you don’t want to miss.

Confirmed venues include the Creative Loafing SpaceThe Good Luck ComplexThe Hampton Inn and Suites Ballroom and more!

Competition Events will begin at 7:00 PM each night, and run until 11:00 PM, during which each of the three venues will host two bouts lasting two hours apiece. In each bout, four teams of 4-5 poets will compete. In addition, Southern Fried will host a variety of daytime events

Finals Night 2012!

The 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finals will take place at the Historic Roland Manteiga Theatre  in Ybor City’s Cuban Club, Tampa Bay’s Premiere Event Venue on June 9, 2012 at 7:30pm.



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“Words That Speak” Poet Splash
From Untouched Entertainment (untouchedent@yahoo.com)
SUNDAY JUNE 3rd 2012 At 7pm – 11pm

Hosted By: Georgia Me A.K.A The Queen Of Spoken Word Featuring 3 Great Spoken Word Artists M*Reld Green, Phillippia, and Theresa Tha Songbird

$15 To Enter Poetry Contest, must enter by 5/18 , $500 Cash Prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tickets In Advance $25

Wanna Be A V.I.P $30 , It Includes F R E E Drinks/Food/Valet Parking

At The Door $35……$40 (V.I.P) $50 For Tables

Need More Info For Tickets? Contact These Numbers

Where Its At? Nova535 ( 535 9th Ave North Saint Pete FL 33701 )


“LEMON” Film Screening at Miami Film Festival: March 3! February 9, 2012

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The film entitled “Lemon” is a portrait of Lemon Andersen, a three-time felon turned poet who savored a brief moment of glory in winning a Tony Award for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. But Lemon has landed back in the projects, living with thirteen family members in a close-fit Puerto Rican community, and is desperate for a way out. Beth Levison and Laura Brownson, the two film directors, follow Lemon’s last-ditch effortto get out of poverty through his autobiographical one man-show, “County of Kings.” It is a story about artistic struggle, the consequences of ambition, and ultimately, creative triumph. The film features a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Aloe Blacc.

Lemon won the Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the Zurich International Film Festival. PopMatters calls the movie “brilliant and compelling.” Stephen Nemeth, producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, says it’s “stunning, inspiring, and wildly entertaining.”

The film is showing on Saturday March 3 at 9:30 pm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave), and Sunday March 4 at 3:15 pm at Regal South Beach Cinemas, Screen 10 (1100 Lincoln Road).  Lemon Andersen and co-director Laura Brownson will take part in an extended Q&A session after the screenings.

You can watch the trailer and learn more about the film here. For tickets, please visit the Miami Film Festival website.

In addition, I recommend the following interview with Lemon Anderson on Remezcla.com: http://ny.remezcla.com/2011/latin/interview-lemon-andersen-doc-nyc/

Lemon’s story is truly inspirational, his poetry sharp, funny and brutally honest. As an urban word lover, I think you would highly enjoy the screening and the following discussion.

We would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word about this special event. Please let me know if you have any questions or wish to receive further information.

Many thanks,



LOUDER THAN A BOMB at the Lake Worth Playhouse Emerging Cinema TODAY! June 16, 2011

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008  “Louder Than a Bomb” competition, the world’s largest youth poetry slam,. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of theseunforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and viceversa. This is not “high school poetry” as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. Watch the trailer at http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/.

LOUDER THAN A BOMB will be showing at the Lake Worth Playhouse TODAY at 6pm. To purchase tickets or for more information visit: http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/


Teen Slam in Orlando NEXT WEEK! March 29, 2011

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Monday, April 4th @ Mark’s Caribbean Cuisine (10034 University Blvd Orlando, FL 32817) Open Mic for Teen Poets 7:00-10:00pm

Top poem voted on by audience will win two free tickets to the Tuesday, April 12th Screening of Louder Than a Bomb http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louder-Than-a-Bomb-documentary/47895608715 at the Florida Film Festival http://www.facebook.com/floridafilmfestival

Top two poems voted on by audience will get a chance to perform with local spoken word performers at the Enzian Theater’s Eden Bar during the Florida Film Festival on Tuesday, April 12th


MARY OLIVER reading and book signing April 9, 2011 March 26, 2011

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MARY OLIVER Reading, Q&A and Book Signing

Saturday April 9, 2011 – 7:30 pm

Oliver Postcard with Photo

U.S. Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz, said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.” Oliver’s evocative and precise imagery brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery.

Mary Oliver’s lyrical connection to the natural world has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. Among her countless distinctions are the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The New York Times describes her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”

Mary Oliver is the author of 27 books of poetry, including No Voyage and other Poems (1965), The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems (1972), Twelve Moons (1978), American Primitive (1983), Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems, Volume One (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris: Poems and Essays (2004), New and Selected Poems, Volume Two (2005), Thirst (2006), Red Bird (2008), The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (2008), and Evidence (2009). She is also the author of Our World, a collection of photos by Molly Malone Cook.  Her chapbooks and special editions include The Night Traveler (1978), Sleeping in the Forest (1979), Provincetown (1987), Wild Geese (UK Edition); and her prose books include A Poetry Handbook (1994), Blue Pastures (1995), Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse (1998), Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999), and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004).  She was the guest editor for The Best American Essays 2009 (November 2009).   Her audio recordings include At Blackwater Pond and Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver (April 2010).  Ms. Oliver’s newest book of poetry is Swan (fall 2010). She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive (1984) and New and Selected Poems (1992), won of the National Book Award. Over the past two decades, Oliver has taught at Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati and Bennington College in Vermont.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the work of one of America’s most beloved and esteemed poets, to join the Q&A discussion, and have Mary Oliver sign one of her books for you.

Tickets are $15. Order online, or by phone at 561-237-9000, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


FREE Poetry Workshop for National Library Week!

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The West Palm Beach Public Library is hosting a free poetry workshop in celebration of National Library Week.
The poetry workshop will be held Sunday, April 10th from 2:00-3:30pm.  Below is a brief description of the event.
Join us as we celebrate National Library Week with a poetry workshop! Author, Yanatha Desouvre will teach his poetry course entitled See Memorable Things, Write Memorable Things, Do Memorable Things. You will leave this lesson with a foundation on poetic forms, a group poem, and motivation! This free class will be held in the library’s Clematis Room. For more information please call 561-868-7701.  The West Palm Beach Public Library is located at 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.  Free parking on Sundays.