I have had the opportunity to work with Chris Bodor in the past on various publications and anthologies that were produced through Poet Plant Press. Chris is now running a monthly group in St. Augustine, FL called the Ancient City Poets which would meet in person monthly to share poetry pre-pandemic. In the last few years, they still meet but on Zoom which is then aired as a Facebook Live. Once in awhile, I am lucky enough to have that day off in the month and can attend.
January 2022 was such a month and you can hear me read a poem along with a bunch of other great writers who attended, as well as Poet Laureate of Lucus County, OH, Jonie McIntire. Here is the recording of Ancient City Poets for January 2022 . The wonderful thing about Zoom and the internet in general, is that you can still attend readings when you live far away. This is an inclusive group. You attend once and you become an AC Poet. It’s a nice feeling.
This year they will be having a fun filled weekend full of poetry and music in St. Augustine hosted at Flagler College for April Poetry Month. This is the copy from Chris’ website:
“ST. AUGUSTINE POETFEST 2022
Ancient City Poets have partnered with the English Department of Flagler College and the St. Johns Cultural Council to present a day-long celebration of creative writing and reciting on Saturday April 9th, the day after the Henry Rollins spoken word show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The day of events, the haiku contest, and the last Sunday of the month open mic reading will be St. Johns County’s local recognition of National Poetry Month (April) .
Michael Rothenberg, founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, is going to travel from Tallahassee to the campus of Flagler College to be our keynote and perform with his avant-garde jazz group: the EcoSound Ensemble.”
Check his page often for updates on specific details for both the poetry festival and join all the great writers on AC Poets once a month. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
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