Poetry  Readings Schedule 2019

Leslie Halpern
Daytime Reading
Monday, April 22
9:45 a.m.
Polasek Museum, Tented Area Outside

Leslie C. Halpern is a Central Florida poet, author, and instructor with more than 4,000 published articles and poems and 12 published books. Her most recent book is Poodles & Doodles: Poems About Dogs, published in March 2019. President of Orlando Area poets, Leslie won the Editor’s Award for Poetry from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association and the First Place Humorous Poetry Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, among other honors.

Nikki Barnes
Daytime Readings
Tuesday, April 23
9:45 a.m.
Polasek Museum, Tented Area Outside

Nikki Fragala Barnes (Miami, 1976) is an experimental poet working as well as a participatory installation artist. Her work is collaborative, community-based and site-sensitive. Most recently, she co-designed events for the Winter Park Book Festival and will be a featured instructor at CityArts Gallery again this summer. Works have been exhibited or are forthcoming at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach), the Orlando Museum of Art (Night Shift on 25 April) and The Liminal (Valencia, Spain). Barnes lives in Winter Park and is a member of the Orlando Area Poets, the Florida Writers Association, and the Book Arts Guild of Central Florida.

Elaine Person
Daytime Readings
Tuesday, April 23
6 p.m.
The Center for Health & Wellbeing

Elaine Person, writer, instructor, editor, speaker, performer, and photographer has a parody of King Arthur included in Random House’s A Century of College Humor, and is published in Florida Writers Association’s short story collections, The Florida Writer magazine, Not Your Mother’s Book,Sandhill Review, Poets of Central FloridaHaikuniverse.com, and Florida State Poets Association’s anthologies, which she also co-edits. Elaine won the Saturday Evening Post limerick contest in 2018. She writes “Person”alized poems and stories for all occasions for gifts. Join her at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May 2019 for An Evening of Spoken Word with Elaine Person.

Peter Gordon
Daytime Readings
Wednesday, April 24th
9:45 a.m.
Polasek Museum, Tented Area Outside

Peter M. Gordon is the 2019 winner of the Thomas Burnett Swann prize from the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Society of Florida. He’s had over 100 poems published in various books and journals, and is the author of two collections: Two Car Garage and Let’s Play Two: Poems About Baseball. He’s a founding member of Orlando Area Poets, a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association.

Nylda Dieppa
Daytime Readings
Thursday, April 25th
12:45 p.m. (Bird of Prey demo)
Polasek Museum, Tented Area Outside

Nylda is an author, educator, coach, and social justice activist living in Orlando, FL. She is the author of the award-winning book Alborada: A Poetic Memoir Across Cultures and has read her poetry in a variety of venues in Orlando and New York City. The proud grandmother of six delightful grandchildren, Nylda is the leader of the Maitland Writers Group and publishes its eponymous newsletter.

Poetry Cocktail Party 2019

Winter Park Paint-Out, Kerouac Project of Orlando & the Polasek Museum present Poetry

Friday, April 26th

5-8pm cocktail party at the Polasek museum (poetry starts at 6pm; 15 minutes each. 3 readers in first set; break; 3 readers in second set.  Poets should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m.)

6pm: Naomi Butterfield (Kerouac House Board)

6: 15 p.m.: Amy Watkins

Amy Watkins is the author of the chapbooks Lucky, Milk & Water, and Wolf Daughter (coming in June 2019). She lives in Winter Park with her husband and daughter and a mean-spirited ginger cat.

6:30 p.m.: Nylda Dieppa

Nylda is an author, educator, coach, and social justice activist living in Orlando, FL. She is the author of the award-winning book Alborada: A Poetic Memoir Across Cultures and has read her poetry in a variety of venues in Orlando and New York City. The proud grandmother of six delightful grandchildren, Nylda is the leader of the Maitland Writers Group and publishes its eponymous newsletter.

BREAK

7pm: Stacy Barton

Stacy Barton is the award-winning literary author of Lily Harp (2015 INDIEFAB), Like Summer Grass, and Surviving Nashville: Short Stories. Her work has appeared in various literary journals including Gargoyle, Best of Potomac Review, Ruminate, and Southern Women’s Review. Stacy is also the author of picture books, plays, animated short films—plus hundreds of live shows for Disney, SeaWorld, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey and others.

7: 15 p.m.: Chrissy Kolaya

Chrissy Kolaya is a fiction writer and poet who’s brand new to Orlando, having lived all over, from Chicago to California to rural Alabama, and, most recently, the frigid wilds of Minnesota. She teaches creative writing at UCF and is the author of two books: Any Anxious Body: a book of poems about family secrets, and Charmed Particles: a novel about high-energy particle physics, gifted and talented teenage girls, Mary Kay ladies, and one woman’s obsession with novelty convenience foods of the 1980s.

7:30 p.m.: Susan Lilley, Orlando Poet Laureate

Susan Lilley is a Florida native and is currently serving as Orlando’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Saw Palm, Hippocampus, The Florida Review, Sweet, and other journals. Her two chapbooks are Night Windows and Satellite Beach. She is a past winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and has held a State of Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. She has taught at University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and currently teaches literature and creative writing at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. Her new full collection, Venus in Retrograde, was published spring of 2019 by Burrow Press.