ORGANIZER: Chris Bodor
A free symposium will kick-off the local observations on Saturday September 27 during the Florida Heritage Book Festival. All are encouraged to celebrate with a “Poets for Change” panel discussion at 3:15 pm at Flagler College’s Markland House, 102 King Street. Moderated by Margo Pope, the interactive presentation will feature observations from Kimmy Van Kooten, Chris Bodor, Michael Henry Lee and Ann Kiyonaga-Razon. This event will be part of an entire day of writing and book themed workshops, book signings and activities open to the entire community. More info on the Florida Heritage Book Festival is available on their website: http://www.fhbookfest.com.
The dialogue will continue later that night at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Bazaar, held on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St., in downtown St. Augustine. Ancient City Poets will facilitate three 5-10 minute opportunities for all to share poems on the subject of change in between the evening’s program of performers on the main stage.
On Sunday September 28th The Gallery Café of St. Augustine (1974 US-1 South, located in the “old” Staples Plaza next to Barnes and Noble) will sponsor a Change Writing Workshop. Local poet Ann Kiyonaga-Razon will lead this Plant-A-Poem workshop. Please resister at the door at 1:45 pm. There is a small $10 charge to cover the cost of endless coffee and sweet treats. The hour long workshop begins at 2:00 pm. Bring a pen and paper and a poem idea on the subject of change.
The Weekend of Change will conclude at 3:00 pm on Sunday September 28 with at Poetry Open Mic for Change at City Coffee Company (1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, near The Village Inn). Everyone is invited to share a poem on the subject of change. The reading will be held “renga style” with no emcee or sign-up sheet and the event will end when everyone has had an opportunity to share.
“Everyone has a voice. Your thoughts are valid.” says local publisher Chris Bodor. The Ancient City Poet’s Weekend of Change is an opportunity to come together to create, perform, educate in the Nation’s Oldest City and decide Saint Augustine’s own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which co-founder Michael Rothenberg says “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”
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