Our local NPR radio station, WGCU broadcast Joe Pacheco’s poem “Love Poem for Leap Day 2020” on Friday, February 28th at 8:45 AM and 4:44 PM. The station has also created a webpage to document and highlight the occasion. Click on the link below to access the page:
He will also read the poem at the Sanibel Island Writers Read on Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM at Herb Strauss Theater, BIG Arts, Sanibel. If you can, come and share the evening with Joe and his fellow Island writers.
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
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.
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.
Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui, Jill Jennings’ third full-length book of poetry,was published in December 2018. It is available for $12.95 from the author at www.jilljennings.org, or locally at P.J.Boox, www.pjboox.com.
Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny has a new website and blog fairbankshistory.com making it easier for viewers to access it. The old website sharminfairbanksmckenny.com is still functional. Please visit and support your fellow writer at her new site.
Lona Root Haskins, a member of GCWA, has been invited to speak Friday, Sept 14th at 1:00 at Lakes Regional Library.
Lona came to the literary world very late in life. In 2014 at age 79 she published her collection of grief poetry, Grief to Celebration: The Journey Through the Loss of My daughter, Dianna Louise. In 2015 at age 80 she published her parents’ memoir, Humble Roots: Earl and Caroline. Lona will be discussing her extensive research into the events of the early to mid 1900s and the impact of these events on her parents’ lives.
My latest book “10 Adventures . . .” won a gold medal from Florida Authors and Publishers Association in the Sports and Recreation category.