Amelia Island WG – Recently moved its meeting to Fernandina Beaches Florida House Inn on the third Tuesday of the month at 6PM. Maggie de Vries is acting as Group Leader for the next few months. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- October 20 – The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Jacksonville will hold a discussion on publishing contracts, Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. For more information:
- October 31 – UNF Poetry Fix. Five years ago, a group of UNF students created a journal they called Fiction Fix. This year Fiction Fix becomes Poetry Fix. Anyone with a poem is invited to submit it. Editor Tim Gilmore is looking for poems from students and non-students, professors and people from all walks of life. Submissions should be sent as Word attachments to Thelma Young at email@example.com
- November 1 – Poetry and Short Fiction Contests Deadline. KALLIOPE, a journal of women's literature and art. This year marks Kalliope's twenty-ninth anniversary, which makes it one of the oldest women's literary journals in the U.S. For more information about this FCCJ sponsored publication and contest rules: http://opencampus.fccj.org/kalliope/index.html
- November 3 – Sisters in Crime,10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. Brothers and Sisters in crime will gather to learn about the ten dumbest things parolees have said or done. http://www.geocities.com/flasinc/
- Flagler College has announced their line-up for Writers in Residence for the remainder of 2007 and 2008. They include Meredith Walters, author of All You Have to do is Ask, winner of the 2006 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. She'll do a reading on Wednesday, November 7 at 7PM. New Jersey Poet Laureate Gerald Stern presents a craft lecture at 5PM on November 13 and a reading at 7PM on the 14th. All will be in the Gamache-Koger Room of the Ringhaver Student Center. Next year look for appearances by Dennis Lehane, Mark Jarmon, and Rick Campbell. Go to www.flagler.edu/writers for details.
- Jax Reads continues with several upcoming events focusing on Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. “Jacksonville’s Connection to the Harlem Renaissance”, a lecture by Hope McMath, Director of Education at the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens:
o Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 p.m., Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257, (904) 262-5201.
o Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 p.m., Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32204, (904) 356-6857.
2. “Celebrate Zora!”, Jax Reads the Big Read 2007’s grand finale celebration, featuring music from Elite Band and Ritz Voices, a Hattitude Hat Gallery, literary discussions, and the return of acclaimed actor and Hurston authority Phyllis McEwen in Zora Live. Southern cuisine and dancing under the stars. For adults 21 years of age and over. Attendance is by RSVP -- call (904) 630-1420 to make reservations.
- November 6 – Meet the Poets – The Southeast Branch of the Jacksonville Public
Library will be hosting an evening of poetry reading and discussion from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This program is in conjunction with Jacksonville Library’s systems’ poetry initiative funded by Poets House to promote and honor poetry and Poets in the Jacksonville community.
- November 16 – Deadline for The Times-Union Holiday Short Story Contest. Open to adults and students, typed text, 1,000 words or less. This year they provide the start of the story; it’s up to you to finish it. For more information: http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/100707/lif_205575872.shtml
And when we start taking ourselves too seriously, remember the words of noted British philosopher Bertrand Russell,
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
That's it for now. I'll see you on the book shelves.
FWA Regional Director