Three Florida Poets Share Their Works, Monday March 9

March 03, 2009

Three Florida Poets Share Their Works, Monday March 9 Three Florida poets will read their work at a special literary event on Monday, March 9, at Saint Leo University. The reading, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Cannon Memorial Library.

Featured poets include Peter Meinke, Kurt Wilt and Gianna Russo. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh Press — which has published Meinke’s work — the reading is designed to provide smaller communities with access to nationally known poets and allow local poets to reach an audience as well.

Last year, Meinke was Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Wichita State University. He held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University from 2003-2005. He is Emeritus Professor of Literature at Eckerd College, and has served as writer-in-residence at several colleges, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Hawaii. Meinke has published eight books of poetry, including his latest, The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems. He is the author of six poetry chapbooks and the recipient of several awards, including the Olivet Prize, the Paumanok Award, three Poetry Society of America Awards, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and two NEA Fellowships.

Wilt, editor of Sandhill Review, is a professor of English at Saint Leo University and teaches writing. He publishes poetry, plays, and fiction. His biography of Amerindian mystic and visionary, Joseph Rael, will be published by Council Oaks Books.

Russo is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She is an Arts Fellow of the Surdna Foundation and of the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, and the two-time recipient of a Hillsborough County Artist Fellowship. Russo’s poems have been published in The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, The MacGuffin, Calyx and Tampa Review, among others and her non-fiction essays have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. Russo is the author of a chapbook, Blue Slumber. Her poetry collection, Moonflower, is in search of a publisher. Russo is the founder and editor of YellowJacket Press, currently the only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts in the state.

Cannon Memorial Library is located at the west end of Saint Leo University, and overlooks Lake Jovita. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52 (four miles east of Interstate 75, exit 285) in the east Pasco County community of Saint Leo.

Copies of all three authors’ work will be available for purchase after the reading.

For more information, call the library at (352) 588-8258.