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JAX POETRY FEST | APRIL 1-25, 2020

FOUNDED BY HOPE AT HAND

The 5th Annual Jax Poetry Fest will kick off on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 during the monthly downtown Art Walk. Check out our full schedule below filled with workshops, poetry performances and more! A big thank you to our partners and sponsors who make this community event possible. 

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Join us for the launch of the 5th Annual Jax Poetry Fest at the Downtown Artwalk! Interactive art installations, poetry readings and more.

5-9 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

Jax Poetry Fest Kick-off at ArtWalk

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

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

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

This meetup is open to any form of writing: fiction, poetry, diary, essay, play, standup comedy, rap, speech, etc. We offer a forum for the writer to be heard and, if desired, receive feedback. It is suggested that writers bring no more than 3 to 5 pages so that we can get to everyone’s work. To better facilitate feedback the writer may bring several copies of their piece. Any genre or style of writing is welcome, from the mainstream to the avant-garde.

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

Open Forum for Poets/Writers

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Jazz Poetry Cafe is a musical performance and spoken word event held on the first Friday of every month at 712 W. Duval St. here in Jacksonville, Florida. Come enjoy a romantic ambiance to the sounds of smooth jazz, great poetry, and delicious food! Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $35 for VIP.  For more information, visit www.JazzPoetryCafe.com

7 - 10 p.m.  |  Maceo Elks Lodge, 712 W Duval St

Jazz Poetry Cafe

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

In this workshop, we will draft songs of praise for all the wonderful elements of our lives — family, nature, pets, hobbies. We will write poems of joy and gratitude by exploring what we love. We will focus on vivid language, emotional intensity, and opening doors for the reader.

Facilitated by Emily K. Michael

11 - 11:50 a.m.  |  MOCA

Writing the Praise Song: Let Poetry Show You What You Love

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

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.

1 -3 p.m.  |  Chamblins Uptown

Blackout Poetry

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

Listen, contemplate, ponder, write, speak, read, sit, stand, drink. Something for all poets and poetry lovers.

8 - 10 p.m.  |  Rain Dogs in 5 Points Riverside

Open Mic Poetry

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

Bards & Brews is a spoken word open mic event, but performers of all sorts are welcome (and welcome on the mic, time permitting).

Facilitated by Keri Foster

9 p.m. - 12 a.m.  |  Silver Cow, 929 Edgewood Ave South

Bards & Brews

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

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

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

In this workshop we will create and read poems that use words to paint pictures that tell a story.

Facilitated by Devin D. Coleman

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  |  MOCA

Painting Pictures with Words

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Description coming soon!

Taught by award winning director and actress Barbara Colaciello, the Artistic Director of BABS'LAB in CoRK Arts District

10 a.m. - 12p.m.  |  BABS'LABS, 603 King Street (CoRK District)

Masterclass for Teens: Performance Poetry

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Listen, contemplate, ponder, write, speak, read, sit, stand, drink. Something for all poets and poetry lovers.

8 - 10 p.m.  |  Rain Dogs in 5 Points Riverside

Open Mic Poetry

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

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

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

In partnership with the Florida State Poets Association, Hope at Hand has created a local chapter for poetry enthusiasts.
 

Meeting schedule:

6 - 6:30 p.m. Overview of Hope at Hand's poetry mission for at-risk youth

6:30 - 8 p.m. North Florida Poetry Hub monthly meeting
1) Warm up – a quick writing challenge to activate creativity
2) Poem share – members will bring a poem to share
3) Poem critique – if you would like written feedback
4) Poetic writing activity – members rotate monthly to present a lesson to the group

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

North Florida Poetry Hub

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Description coming soon!

Facilitated by Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  |  MOCA

The Poem Wants Magic

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Curious poets will craft poems on magnetic boards with borrowed words, then identify and stabilize lines of meter after being guided by the facilitator.

Facilitated by Ma Bones

10-11:30 a.m.  |  MOCA

The Magnetism of Language

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Listen, contemplate, ponder, write, speak, read, sit, stand, drink. Something for all poets and poetry lovers.

8 - 10 p.m.  |  Rain Dogs in 5 Points Riverside

Open Mic Poetry

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

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. 

11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

National Poem in Your Pocket Day + Lunchtime Poetry Readings

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Join us as we rap up another year of National Poetry Month! 

5 - 6 p.m. - Teen Masterclass Performance Poetry Readings

6 - 8 p.m. - Poetry Readings and Performances - Line up TBA

5 - 8 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

Jax Poetry Fest Closing Celebration

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

2020 EVENT SCHEDULE

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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