Shawn Welcome is a proud Afro-Guyanese American whose goal is to use his gift with words to inspire, entertain, encourage, and educate the world around him. He has traveled the world speaking, performing, and facilitating writing and performance workshops. Shawn has dedicated his life to serving others and amplifying the voice of his community.
The Florida Review publishes exciting new work from around the world from writers both emerging and established. We are not Florida-exclusive, though we acknowledge having a jungle mentality and a preference for grit, and we have provided and continue to offer a home for many Florida writers.
The Literary Arts Partnership (LAP) at the University of Central Florida offers poetry and storytelling workshops in community settings to children, youth, and adults throughout Central Florida. We believe that poetry and storytelling are powerful tools that enhance literacy, learning attitude, character, and self-awareness. Our programs develop pride among community members and inspire UCF students to recognize their potential and bring about positive changes in their communities.
This page is dedicated to promoting and bringing awareness to the Orlando Poetry scene and the Greater Orlando Area. Orlando, Kissimmee, Deland, Deltona, Sandord, Ocoee, parts of the coast etc. Not just Orlando. This page is essentially for posting any and all events that welcome poetry, slam, spoken word, storytelling, workshops, festivals and any other literary related events.
Our slams are open events, with a few minor exceptions, and we love crowd participation. Cheering, clapping, and snapping fingers is always welcomed.Our standard slams are two-round events often with a feature performing between rounds. We will encourage you to purchase the feature's work as they are often singular talents who have traveled far to share their truths. We will do this regularly, and in unison.
Florida State Poets Association, Inc., was founded in October 1974 by Henrietta Kroah of Deland with the assistance of Hans Juergensen PhD of Tampa, past President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. FSPA was affiliated with NFSPS in October 1974 and chartered by the State of Florida in July 1979. FSPA began with one chartered chapter in Deland and has grown to have ten chapters throughout the state. There are also many Members-at-Large, which brings our membership to more than 200 poets.
In 1928, Florida established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Peter Meinke, who was appointed to a four-year term in 2015. Meinke is the author of over twenty books of poetry, including Lucky Bones (Pitt Poetry Series, 2014).
While not strictly a poetry organization, the Kerouac project is the best-known literary organization in Orlando a is a great way to connect with local writers and to stay current with events and activities in the area.