It’s Poetry Month

Good Morning!

Thank you for visiting my page. It’s National Poetry Month. Have you written a poem yet? I’m struggling with a poem. Some poems take longer to write than others. It’s difficult for me to let go of a poem once I’ve written it. For me, writing poetry is about revising poetry. Brevity, an important component of poetry, doesn’t always come quickly for me. Finding the precise word requires many rewrites. 

Please join me this Sunday at the Casements in Ormond Beach for a Poetry Reading. Scroll down the list that follows to learn more. 

Official Program, 9th Annual


APRIL 7, 2019

Sponsored by CHI Creative Happiness Institute, Ormond Mainstreet,OBAD

Ormond Beach Arts District, and Tomoka Poets

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

All styles of poetry. Special guest features. Open mic.

Free & open to the public.

1:00 Thanks to our sponsors: Dr. David B. Axelrod, Volusia County

PoetLaureate and Director, CHI.

1:10 Maryann Westbrook, President, Tomoka Poets. Kyra Brokoph, poet.

1:20 Mary Grantham, English Professor. Author of When the Sun Sails.

1:30 Live Poets Society: Robert Blenheim, Cherelyn Bush, Vicki

Iorio, Llewellyn McKernan, Ellen Nielsen, and Jesse Owens.

2:00 Marc Davidson, author of Notable Wonders.

2:10 Melody Dimick, author of Backpack Blues: Inspire the Fire Within.

2:20 Young Poets: Victoria Mullins, author of Angels Don’t

Understand Love. Abigail Truelsen author of Cortez.

AuroraPerna, forthcoming chapbook.

2:30 Hazel Sparrow, poet, project director of Bachata, Merengue,

Salsa anthology.

—Buy 50-50 raffle tickets, 6 for $5. Print your name/phone # so we can

call you when you win!—

2:40 Robert Calabrese.

2:50 Rosemary Volz.

3:00 Stephanie Salkin, Flagler County Art League Poetry Competition.

3:10 Poet and slam coordinator, Kevin Campbell aka NoirJente; Roger Duvernoy and local poets.

3:30 Open Mic, hosted by Tomoka Poets’ Maryann Westbrook.

[Sign-up sheet at raffle table. 3-minute limit, please.]

4:00 Conclusion.

This event made possible in part by funding from the Cultural Council of  Volusia County.

CHI, 1104 Jacaranda Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118.


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