Date changed to October 24, 2019 from October 10, 2019

Award-winning author and Gulf Coast Writers Association member Charley Valera is inviting everyone to his official book launch party. The book in an autobiography titled, A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. Captain Arens and Valera will be in attendance to talk with readers and sign books. There will be books available to purchase at the event.

Date changed: October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00
Military Heritage Museum,
900 W Marion Ave,
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

We were amazingly pleased to receive notification that our play, VIZHON, which was world premiered October 2018 at the John McCabe Theatre in Valrico, Florida, was nominated BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE AND BEST DIRECTOR for that year. The play was substantially revised, performed by The Village Players, and directed by Nancy Fueyo.

All monies were donated — 1/2 to The Village Players, 1/2 to a young female pancreatic patient in the area who was so thankful upon receiving the gift. We were blessed and honored.

Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo


Joe Pacheco on WGCU radio

NPR station WGCU, 90.1 FM will broadcast my Moon Day poem on Friday, July 19, at the following times:
Morning Edition            8:45 AM
All Things Considered  4:44 PM

 July 21 is the 50th anniversary of Moon Day and also my 89th birthday.

 Click the link below to access the station: 

The poem will also be featured in the Tropicalia supplement of the News-Press on Sunday, July 21.

 Please join me in sharing the poem and memorable event with you.

Joe Pacheco

2019 PoetryFest on WGCU, 90.1 FM, Gulf Coast Live Thursday, April 4, 1:00

The 2019 PoetryFest was featured on 90.1 FM WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live, Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 PM. Poets Joe Pacheco, Robert Hilliard and Dorothy Brooks recited their poetry and discussed the reasons for celebrating poetry as one of our greatest human treasures. Listeners were invited to call in to the station and ask questions of the poets.


I am Patricia Wentling. I joined Gulf Coast Writers Association, Inc. in August of this year. My picture book story, Lucky’s Violin, has been accepted by Kids Imagination Train – an online e-zine. The editor, Randi Wrvos, has scheduled a publication date for May/June 2019. This e-zine publishes bimonthly issues online. This will be my second story published through them. My first story, Lucky and Happy, was published in 2016.

Alice Oldford – Book Award

My latest book “10 Adventures . . .” won a gold medal from Florida Authors and Publishers Association in the Sports and Recreation category.

Once again I have the good fortune to celebrate my birthday (July 21) and Moon Day (July 20th) at my Sanibel home with my wife Marjorie, my daughters Randy and Allegra and all four of my grandchildren, It will be the 88th year of my journey on our planet and my Moon Day poem celebrates a great moment in that journey.

Click the first link if you wish to hear the 2013 broadcast of the Moon Day poem.

Click the second link to read the poem as it appeared on the website Your Daily Poem.

Thank you for sharing these moments with me.
Joe Pacheco aka Sanibel Joe


FCH Annals, vol. 24

FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians

The latest volume (24) of FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians, has been published in digital format, and is available at no cost here. The print version will be available later this month. In addition to editing the journal, I (Michael Cole) also have an article in this volume entitled “A Spanish Entrepreneur in Early Colonial Mexico,” which examines the entrepreneurial characteristics of both Hernán Cortés, and the expedition of conquest he led. The FCH Annals is published annually by the Florida Conference of Historians, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.