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4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest  |  April 3-27, 2019

JAX POETRY FEST | APRIL 3-27, 2019

The 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest will kick off on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 during the monthly downtown Art Walk and conclude with a full day celebration on April 27, 2019. Jax Poetry Fest is proud to be the only month-long poetry event in North Florida.

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2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

All workshops are provided free to the public unless stated otherwise. 

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APRIL 3

 

Jax Poetry Fest Kick-off at ArtWalk

Hemming Park Main Stage

Hosted By Melissa Ross

6:30pm - High School Poetry winners announced 

6:40-8pm Poetry performances featuring various artists

8-9pm: Open Mic

Jacksonville Public Library, Main Branch Downtown

6-7 Poetry Performance featuring Ebony Payne-English, Moses West, Tonya Smart, Love Reigns and Ahynte Heard

 

APRIL 4

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

11:30-1:30 p.m. Hemming Park

 

Join us in Hemming Park every Thursday in April for live poetry readings during lunchtime. 

The F.I.N.E Art Experiment

6-7:30 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Ebony Payne-English

 

Feelings Inside Not Expressed provides essential communication skills needed for people to understand one another and be understood. Through creative writing and performance art, we teach participants honest and impactful expression techniques in a nurturing and expressive environment helping to conquer writer’s block, fear of public speaking and social anxiety.

 

APRIL 6

Blackout Poetry

1-3 p.m. Chamblins Uptown

Facilitated by Sandy Spurney 

Join us for our monthly workshop on Blackout Poetry - the art of taking an existing text, may it be a book, magazine or newspaper, and through the process of blacking out words, make a poem of your own.

Poetry & Prose

3-3:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Taryn "LoveReigns" Wharwood

 

A self-reflective, hands-on poetry experience where attendees write, reflect and grow using words as therapy 

What is Poetry Therapy?

4-4:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Steffani Fletcher

 

Join Steffani Fletcher, Founder of Hope at Hand and Jax Poetry Fest, for a discussion on the benefits of poetry therapy and the mission and local impact of the organization. 

 

APRIL 7

The God MC Performance

2-4 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Performed by Ebony Payne-English

 

Although I am in love with Hip Hop, sometimes I don’t think Hip Hop loves me. The misogyny, hyper-sexualization, and at times erasure of feminine influence on the culture has given me pause on many occasions. The God MC is an exciting partnership with MOCA Jacksonville in collaboration with Jax Poetry Fest that has granted me the platform to pay homage to an art form that has changed the world as well as recognize the women who paved the way for me to speak freely on the deification of feminine energy. Please join us in this celebration of National Poetry Month via the herstory of Rhythm And Poetry as told by Ebony Payne-English.

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APRIL 10

Teen Poetry Workshop

6-7 p.m. Main Library Downtown 

Facilitated by Jamie Gustason

 

Featuring a different poetry experiences throughout the month of April.

Dates: April (April 10, 17, and 24)

APRIL 11

 

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

11:30-1:30 p.m. Hemming Park

 

Join us in Hemming Park every Thursday in April for live poetry readings during lunchtime. 

Poetry, Power and Justice!

6:30-8 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, Writer and Storytelling Facilitator

 

Poets walk a long history as truth tellers who say the unsaid in ways many people only imagine. A poet’s art of language is acrylic on canvas that reveal societal realities in concrete images and metaphors. Be inspired by poets who speak truth to power and then go write!

 

APRIL 13

MOCA's Family Day

12-4 p.m. MOCA 

 

Poetry for kids of all ages.

Material Meaning: Harnessing the Power of Senses, Spaces, and Objects

1-1:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Emily K. Michael

 

We’ll reconnect with our physical perceptions and explore the emotional power of objects in this playful workshop. A variety of short, playful exercises will help students understand that epic language begins in awareness. We’ll also touch on poetry as performance as we explore the physical stance and posture of the poet. 

How the Light Comes: The Poetry of Writing

2-2:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Jennifer Wolfe

 

In this writing circle, we’ll use writing and poetry to shine a light on our own life journey. Inspired by poetry, we’ll use several writing techniques to write reflective poems and essays that capture where we are at this time. You’ll walk away with three techniques to enhance your poetic voice and your writing practice.

APRIL 17

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

6-7 p.m. Main Library Downtown 

Facilitated by Jamie Gustason

 

Featuring a different poetry experiences throughout the month of April.

Dates: April (April 10, 17, and 24)

APRIL 18

 

National Poem in Your Pocket Day

National Poem in Your Pocket Day + Lunchtime Poetry

11-2 p.m. Hemming Park

 

On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Come out to Hemming Park during lunch for live poetry readings during lunchtime. 

North Florida Poetry Hub

6:30-8 p.m. Hope at Hand, 3886 Atlantic Blvd

 

Please join us for a lively discussion of poetry at N FL Poetry Hub. Bring a poem to share or just come enjoy what others read.Read, share and discuss!  North Florida Poetry Hub is a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association and was created by the local nonprofit Hope at Hand, Inc. (Hope at Hand provides poetry therapy for at-risk youth populations.) 

APRIL 20

 

Workshop title: Writing Poetry for Children

1-1:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Leslie C. Halpern

 

Participants will learn what works and what doesn’t work when writing poetry for young children. Subjects covered include length, form, content, artwork, and marketing children’s poetry books and individual poems.

Finding Your Readers – How to Market and Distribute Your Poetry

2-2:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Peter M. Gordon

 

Published poet Peter M. Gordon will show you how to find the best outlets to reach your audience. The workshop covers traditional methods including books and magazines and more recent channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs. Participants will have the chance to create and revise marketing materials.

Jax Youth Poetry Slam

2-5 p.m.  Main Library Downtown

Visit http://jaxyouthpoetryslam.org for more information

 

Top 6 will represent Jacksonville at Nationals. 

Jax Youth Poetry Slam (JYPS), Inc. will exist to create a better society for urban youth by promoting literacy, conflict resolution and life skills by using arts such performance poetry, rap music, visual arts, and dance as a vehicles of self-expression used to convey positive outcomes about life and their future.

APRIL 24

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

6-7 p.m. Main Library Downtown 

Facilitated by Jamie Gustason

 

Featuring a different poetry experiences throughout the month of April.

Dates: April (April 10, 17, and 24)

 

APRIL 25

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

11:30-1:30 p.m. Hemming Park

 

Join us in Hemming Park every Thursday in April for live poetry readings during lunchtime. 

Sonnets to the 'Self'

6-7:30 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Stephanie Brendle

 

While traditionally love poems for others, these sonnets will be a love poem to the individual creator. Each guest will be given a pen and a piece of paper of parchment paper to write their sonnet. This is an invitation to create, it is not a demand. All people are welcome, even observers. 

 

APRIL 27

Jax Poetry Fest - Closing Day Activity Schedule

11 - 5 p.m.   Lunchtime food trucks & art vendors in the park

1 – 5 p.m.   Poetry Workshops at MOCA in the Learning Lounge, 1st floor

5 – 9 p.m.   Closing Celebration in Hemming Park

Teen Poetry Hub

1-3 p.m. Hope at Hand

 

A space for teens to give and receive feedback about their original poems. More information coming soon. 

Speak For The Trees: Ecopoetics in The 21st Century

1-1:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Dr. Ben Atkinson

 

Explore the rich, relevant genre of ecopoetics. Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” spoke for the trees. Many well- respected poets have done the same. Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder cleared a path for modern voices, like yours. In this workshop you will craft an ecopoem, and share it with fellow participants.

Write a Pantoum in an Hour

2-2:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Lynn Skapyak Harlin

 

Introduced to Western poets by Victor Hugo, the Pantoum is a repeating fixed form from Malaysia. Written in quatrains, in which the second and fourth lines of one quatrain become the first and third lines of the succeeding quatrain. This is really a fairly simple form if you follow the directions. 

Finding Freedom From Trauma Through Poetry

3-3:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Devin D. Coleman

 

In this workshop, we will discuss how poetry can be utilized as an outlet for traumatic experiences. Then we will craft an original piece and read a select few aloud.

The Art of Getting to Know Yourself

4-4:50 p.m. MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor 

Facilitated by Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez

 

Where does poetry come from? Is there a place or environment where poetry can only exist? This workshop is designed to bring to the poet out of anyone. Workshops will engage in conversations and practices that will push the depths of what it means to be a “Poet”. Want to write a book? Want to tour, or learn to facilitate writing circles? This is the workshop you’ve been looking for.

Jax Poetry Fest Closing Celebration - Party in the Park with Al Letson

5-9:30 p.m. Hemming Park

Hosted by Al Letson, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning poet and playwright

 

Closing Celebration in Hemming Park, hosted by Al Letson; Music by DJ Monsta; spoken word artists; hands-on poetry activities; open mic; food trucks; adult beverages; VIP reception

LoveReigns

Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez

Kia Flow

Ebony Payne English

Featuring Performances by Award-Winning Poets