Best Poetry Events In Tampa Bay

March 23, 2013 8:00 AM

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April is National Poetry Month. If you are a lover of the spoken word, the Tampa area has an assortment of readings and book signings to celebrate the beauty of poetry.

Book Signing by Joe Cyr
The Peppertree Press Bookstore
1269 1st St., Suite 7
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 922-2662
www.peppertreepublishing.comDate: April 13

Poetry is not just for grown-ups. Children’s author and poet Joe Cyr, better known as Grandpa Joe, will be at the Peppertree Press bookstore to do a reading of poems from his book “Eddies and Vortices in a more Dimensioned World.” After the reading, he will stick around to give out his autograph. He is also the author of three other books, “Magical Trees and Crayons,” “Shadi, The Shadow Who Wanted to be Free” and “Two Happy Stories.” All are available at Peppertree Press.

Hermitage Artists Retreat
1359 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-7900

Date: April 14

Sandra Alcosser has been named the very first “National Endowment for the Arts’ first Conservation Poet for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Poets House in New York.” Her seven books of poetry, including “A Fish to Feed All Hunger” and “Except By Nature,” are beautiful tributes to Mother Earth and nature. Alcosser is currently the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Artist-in-Residence and her poems have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Paris Review and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Poetry Reading by Tom Aposporos
1359 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-7900

Date: April 21Tom Asposporos will present the Sunday After Brunch Sioree, subtitled “Frost, Whitman and Langston Hughes: Poems About America.” These three poets “lived in different times and viewed America in different ways,” which they expressed in their poetry. Aposporos has selected some of Whitman’s Civil War-era odes, Frost’s poems of traditional New England values and Hughes’ immortalization of the black experience, which he will recite and comment on during the reading.

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Voices of the People

Polk Theatre
139 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 682-7553

Date: April 11

The Polk State Student Activities and Leadership Office, along with the Polk State Phi Club, are presenting Voices of the People: A Performing Arts Series. Poetry meets music in this explosion of artistic expression. On April 11, “The Insatiable Tempest,” Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 5, String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 in C Major “Razumovsky” will be juxtaposed with the poetry of Lord Byron. Admission is $5.

World Book Night
Inkwood Books
216 S. Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 253-2638
www.inkwoodbooks.comDate: April 23

World Book Night was founded by a non-profit organization in 2012. This celebration of the love of reading takes place all across the United States as well as the United Kingdom. A selection of 32 books, in both English and Spanish, will be available for free at various locations across the Tampa Bay area, including Inkwood Books, Barnes and Noble and the University of South Florida bookstore. The books include classic literature, poetry, New York Times best-sellers, romance novels and mysteries. World Book Night volunteers, called “Givers,” each have 20 copies of their assigned book to give out for free to help spread the joy of reading. For more information about selected titles, participating locations and the mission and history of World Book Night, check out the World Book Night U.S. website,

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