Call to Children’s Book Authors

Calling All Children’s Authors! You are invited to the fourth annual Children’s Book Fair.
Please forward to anyone who is a local author or illustrator of children’s books.
Authors may share a booth. Please reply by Friday, March 9th. Thanks so much!

Peg Haynes
Realize Bradenton | Farmers’ Market Manager
(941) 932-1154 |

Tampa– A Reading by YellowJacket Press and Friends, including Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke.

YellowJacket Press
​(​​) ​Florida’s premier, independent poetry chapbook press, and Hillsborough County Public Library host a reading by 12 poets from across Florida on Saturday, March 10, 2017 at 4pm at the Old Tampa Free Public Library, Tampa’s oldest library building. The reading is an official offsite event in conjunction with the Associated Writing Programs conference which will be happening in Tampa. The lively “sampler” reading will include Poet Laureate of Florida, Peter Meinke; Poet Laureate of Saint Petersburg, Helen Wallace; Poet Laureate of Hillsborough County, James Tokley and Poet Laureate of Indian River County, Sean Sexton. They will be joined by Florida poets Cole Bellamy, Gregory Byrd, Silvia Curbelo, Lenny Della Rocca, Michael Hettich, Jeff Karon, Gianna Russo, and Brendan Walsh. The library’s photographic collection by the famed Burgert Brothers will be on display. Book sales, signings and a reception by Friends of the Library will follow.

Saturday, March 10, 2017 4pm-5:30pm
Old Tampa Free Public Library
102 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

YJP Contact:
Gianna Russo or

HCPLC Contact:
Megan Danak
​ (813) 204-2654

Writers Open Workshop

Peace River Center for Writers
Time changed to 10 am.
A Writers Open Workshop of prose and poetry will be held every other Friday from January 19th to April 27th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Room D-203 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. There is no charge. This workshop is open to the public. So invite your fellow writers. The facilitators will be John Pelot, Dobie Pasco, and others. Writers of all levels are welcome. Please bring samples of your writing to read or discuss on a flash drive for projection at the workshop or e-mail to​.

​Click here to visit Peace River Center for Writers​ website.

Conversations with Local Authors

Conversations with Local Authors Feb. 27 at 1:00 PM.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 27 at 1:00 PM. Join us for a roundtable of local Southwest Florida authors. It’s open to all ages. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Adult Authors:
J. Eric Booker
JD (Joyce) Daniels
John Giovanni
Tim Jacobs
Ronnie Walter

Children’s Authors:
Celeste Yost
Laura Nonemaker
Jewell Cartales
Irene Smith (Young Adult)

The Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library is located at 921 SW 39 Terrace, just one block north and one block west of the intersection at Mohawk and Skyline. A Conversation with Local Authors is a special event leading up to the 19th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Details on the festival will follow a little later this month in a separate email. In the meantime, we hope to see you on Feb. 27 at 1:00 PM for the local author event here in the Cape!

Lisa Batch in Concert

Bonita Springs Concert Band

Please join me on Sunday, February 25th, 2-3:30, at Riverside Park on Old 41 RD in Bonita Springs. The Bonita Springs Concert Band, two high schools, and I will perform in a free concert! I’m honored that the group will premier two of my original compositions! Bring a lawn chair and come early to get a good parking spot!

Thank you, Lisa Batch, author of The First Song and member of GCWA.

Gary McLouth book signing

The Time We Make in Passing

The Time We Make in Passing, poems by Gary McLouth will be on tap at Macintosh Books, Sanibel island, March 7th, 11-1p.m. I’ll be signing, singing and winging it. Please come and keep me company for awhile.

Gary McLouth


An Evening of Poetry will be held at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 7 p.m., in connection with the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition. The exhibit opens on February 2, 2018, and runs through March 20, 2018.

We are inviting anyone who is interested in participating in the Evening of Poetry to write a poem inspired by one of the works of art on display in the exhibit and submit it for consideration.

Ten poems will be selected from those submitted by a committee chosen by the Visual Arts Center. Each of these poems will be read by the poet at the event on March 12. The poems will be selected anonymously, so it is important to follow the steps outlined below.

To submit:

  • View the exhibit (after Feb. 2) and choose a painting that will inspire your poem. (You may photograph only the artwork that you have chosen.)
  • Poems must be in 12 pt. text in .doc or .docx format, and no more than 30 lines

To submit the poem, send an email to Nanette Crist at with “Poetry” in the Subject line and two attachments:

  • The first attachment with your identifying information: name, phone #, email address, and the poem title
  • The second with the poem, including its title, the title of the painting in the exhibit and the artist’s name (not the poet’s name!)
  • No identifying information about the poet may be on the poem itself, or the poem may be disqualified
  • The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018
  • Those selected to participate in the reading will be notified by phone or email on or before March 6, 2018.

Any questions, please contact Dorothy Brooks at or 941-661-4607.

By submitting your work, you agree that your poem may be used by the Visual Arts Center on its website, or on Facebook.  All poems submitted will be available for viewing in a binder at the exhibit. A copy of the poem will be provided to the artist whose artwork inspired your writing.  Care will be taken to give each poet proper credit.

Sponsored by: Southwest Florida Romance Writers
February 23-24, 2018 | Embassy Suites Estero

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Friday evening reception with
Deb Werksman, Editorial Director of Sourcebooks
Tina Wainscott, Literary Agent with The Seymour Agency

Saturday pitches (one is included with your fee), Raffle baskets & critiques, WIN A 2-NIGHT STAY at Embassy Suites Estero! (cannot be used conference weekend). All for $109

Details & Registration at