JAX POETRY FEST | APRIL 1-25, 2020

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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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3 PART CLASS SERIES: MARCH 30, APRIL 6 & APRIL 13

Poetry Shaping: How to Elevate Your Performance

7 - 9 p.m.  |  BABS'LAB, 603 King Street  |  Cost: $65

6 Hour/3 Part Intensive Class Series: MARCH 30, APRIL 6 & APRIL 13 – one fee for 3 days of small group instruction  (one fee/three days of instruction=6 hours)

 

This 6 hour interactive workshop is designed to build self-confidence through direct experience incorporating improvisation, theatre techniques and one-on-one coaching that will...

  • trigger your intuition 

  • enable you to think fast on your feet

  • hone your focusing and listening skills

  • stimulate action, spontaneity and creativity

 

Discover...
What your poem SOUNDS like?  Looks like? And how your poem MOVES through your body?   

 

You will walk away with a better understanding of how to connect to yourself, your material, and your audience.

 

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Jax Poetry Fest Kick-off at ArtWalk

5-9 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

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

Special Guest Performers:

  • Moses West  

  • Anyte Heard

  • Todd Rykaczewski, Word Revolt 

  • Eric Jamaal Willimans 

  • Jacksonville Poetry Meetup

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

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

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

Special Guest Performers:

*Todd Rykaczewski, Word Revolt 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Open Forum for Poets/Writers

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

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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

Jazz Poetry Cafe

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

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

Open Mic Poetry

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

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Bards & Brews

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

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

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

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

Special Guest Performers:

*Moses West

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Painting Pictures with Words

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  |  MOCA

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

Facilitated by Devin D. Coleman

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Masterclass for Teens: Performance Poetry

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

This 2 hour interactive workshop for teens is designed to build self-confidence through direct experience, improvisation, theatre techniques and one-on-one coaching that will... 

       - trigger your intuition  
       - enable you to think fast on your feet 
       - hone your focusing and listening skills 
       - stimulate action, spontaneity and creativity 

 

Discover...what your poem SOUNDS like, looks like and how it MOVES through your body! You will walk away with a better understanding of how to connect to yourself, your material, and your audience. Participants are invited to perform at the Jax Poetry Fest closing celebration from 5-6 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2020. 

 

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

COST: $12

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

It All Starts With a Poem

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  |  MOCA

With this workshop you’ll learn how to take your words and transform them into action! Rather you’re a poet or novelist the Word Revolt class will teach creatives of all walks of life the intuitive process of taking a word in a simple phrase to the next level.

Facilitated by Todd Rykaczewski

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

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

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.  |  MOCA

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

Open Mic Poetry

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

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

Gathering of Radically Collaborative Women

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

In honor of National Poetry Month, Radically Collaborative Women (RCW) will host a fun-filled evening at Hope at Hand. Come mix and mingle with like-minded women and dive into the world of creative self-expression through words during our facilitated activity. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Lunchtime Poetry Readings

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

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

Special Guest Performers:

*Anyte Heard

*Vox Poetry Club, The Bolles School  

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

North Florida Poetry Hub

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

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

Poetry Hub is a lively discussion of poetry from those of all walks of lives. Here, we take a break from the stressful and divisive modern world and celebrate the uniting and reflective power of poetry.  Poets who bring their own poems can choose to receive constructive feedback.  You don't need to be a poet to love poetry, so feel free to also bring an already published poem to share and speak about. Or! Just come to listen and enjoy the discussion.  Again, this space is all about celebrating art of poetry and its ability to bring us together in ultimate expression. 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

The Poem Wants Magic

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  |  MOCA

Description coming soon!

Facilitated by Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

The Magnetism of Language

11:30 a.m -12:45 p.m.  |  MOCA

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Intention Setting / One Word

1 - 2:15 p.m. |  MOCA

Harness the collective energy to create a positive vision for yourself moving forward.

Facilitated by Connie Worthy, LMHC

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Blooming with Poetry: Growing Your Poetic Style

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.  |  MOCA

Using the garden as a metaphor, we'll explore ways to grow your poetic voice, documenting your life experience while finding inpsiration from the natural world. Poetry, quotes, readarounds, and writing tips included.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Open Mic Poetry

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

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

National Poem in Your Pocket Day + Lunchtime Poetry Readings

11:30 a.m - 1:30 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. 

Special Guest Performers:

Eric Jamel Williams

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

My Soul Card

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  |  MOCA

In this workshop, participants will take a deep dive into their soul through a guided meditation. Participants will then use the visuals they saw during their meditation to create their own soul card using collaging methods with magazine images. After their soul card is complete, participants will answer prompting questions to guide them through the meaning of their soul card as it relates to self.

Facilitated by Stephanie Stephens

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Jax Poetry Fest Closing Celebration

5 - 8 p.m.  |  Hemming Park

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

5 - 6 p.m. - Masterclass Performance Poetry with Bab's Lab

6 - 8 p.m. - Poetry Readings and Performances      

                  Odd/Rod

                   Moses West

                   Anna Jacobson

                   Eric Jamel Williams

                   Lady G

                   Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez

2020 EVENT SCHEDULE

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

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Hope at Hand is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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