Poetry: 2015

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    Ann Browning Masters

    Ann Browning Masters is a founding board member of the Los Floridanos Society, a heritage association for descendants of First Spanish Period settlers in St. Augustine.  She is a  long-time member of the Menorcan Cultural Society, a heritage association for descendants of Italian, Greek and Menorcan settlers who arrived in St. Augustine in 1777.  She served on the Board of Directors of the St. Augustine Historical Society, and continues as a member of its Journal of History Editorial Board.

    Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers:  Poetry of St. Augustine was published by the Florida Historical Society in May 2015.  Poetry from this collection has been published in anthologies and journals, read at literary and historical conferences, recognized at the Florida Folk Festival, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives.  Dr. Masters continues to read from her writing on Floridanos and Menorcans in the Eckerd College Road Scholar program.

    Ann Browning Masters will present during the Book Festival.

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    Ancient City Poets: 100 Thousand Poets for Change

    100 Thousand Poets for Change

    How can we encourage change with our words? What are some of the things that we would like to change? The written word’s potential to change will be examined. Featuring members of the Ancient City Poets, this panel discussion will be St. Augustine’s official participation in the global event 100 Thousand Poets for Change. A reading will be held the next day (Sunday September 27th) in town at City Coffee at 3 pm for anyone who would like to write a “change” poem and share it during the monthly Ancient City Poets open mic.   Now in its fifth year, poets around the world are uniting simultaneously for one day in a celebration of poetry to promote social, environmental, and political change. On September 26, 2015 there are already a few hundred international events scheduled in observation of 100 Thousand Poets for Change day. More info can be found on the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website: www.100tpc.org.  

    Presentation will be lead by Chris Bodor (photo), Kimmy Van Kooten, Michael Henry Lee, and Beverly A. Bell Kessler will present during the Book Festival.

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    Lynn Skapyak Harlin

    Lynn Skapyak Harlin is a poet who made her living by selling her words as a freelance writer, photographer, and newspaper reporter. Her first published poem “War Waste” appeared in Time magazine, in 1970. Her poems have appeared in A.C. P.A.P.A, a literary journal, State Street Review, Arbus magazine, Section Eight magazine, Florida Speaks, Aquarian, deadpaper.org, ashandbones.com and many others. Her two chap books, Real Women Drive Trucks and Press One for More Options were published in 1997 by Closet Books. She is an editor who leads the Shantyboat Writers Workshop on her boat docked on the Trout River.

    Lynn Skapyak Harlin will present during the Book Festival.

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    Sharon Scholl

    Sharon Scholl, PhD, professor emerita from Jacksonville University
    where she taught humanities and non-western studies.  She has several poetry collections in circulation including:  Message on a Branch, All Points Bulletin.  Her several non-fiction works are Death and the Humanities, and Music and Culture.  She maintains a website, freeprintmusic.comto give away music to small churches with limited facilities.
    Sharon Scholl will present during the Book Festival.
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    Darlyn Finch Kuhn

    Darlyn Finch Kuhn is that rare animal – a Florida native. In addition to her two poetry collections (Red Wax Rose and Three Houses) Kuhn’s work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on the local NPR affiliate, and been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. Kuhn is the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles literary e-newsletter. She produces book trailer videos with her husband at Brad Kuhn & Associates in Orlando, Florida. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, is available now from Twisted Road Publications, amazon.com, and wherever books are sold.

    Darlyn Finch Kuhn will present during the Writers Conference.