April is National Poetry Month and our poet members have lots of events planned for everyone's enjoyment. Our own Linda White and the Voices of Venice group has a special event bringing artists and poets together. See her site: www.poetsrule.com for further details and times at Jacaranda Library.
Our own Jim Kelly, along with Cheryl Baker will be reading the entries at Suncoast Writers Guild Annual Review for Poets. Ann Favreau is directing the Poet Pod this year. I'm honored to be the Reviewer for the fourth consecutive year.
Our own Russ Heitz will be Reviewer for the prose entries at Elsie Quirk Library in downtown Englewood later in the month. Ed Ellis will be directing that event. I'm just blowing horns of our members as these two events are not open to the public. It's amazing to me how our groups have grown in camaradie over the last couple of years. Everyone admittedly has grown from the diversity.
Scott Zircleback, Group leader of the North Port Poets, has announced the launch of a blogspot where anyone can comment or post poetry of their own. Scott also writes prose and often visits Linda's group, Voices of Venice. The url for the new blog is www.nppoetryc.blogspot.com It will ask you to take a minute and sign in with a blogger ID thru Google in order to post or comment. You may have done this when you started coming here to the FWA blog. I use this ID to view other blogspots such as my daughter-in-law's Travel Photo blog, The Haley Hiatus. I often go look at the beautiful pictures of our Alaskan adventure. It is linked in the column to your left under links if you enjoy beautiful pictures.
Our own meeting is going to be held on April 6th and we'll be trying some of the ideas we discussed at the last meeting. We'll do some critiquing and Fred Weiss has already sent work to four people. If two others are interested in taking part, bring in your excerpts or email them to Kerri, Rod, Peter or me and I'll forward them. Peter is going to lead the meeting and share some more ideas that he and I have discussed. I have to talk to a couple of people before I can announce it. I do need some consent! :)
A reminder: Kris Palmer goes to surgery Monday at 7:00AM. I talked to her this morning and she is doing fine. What courage that woman has. Also, Jean Porter will be undergoing another knee surgery also on Monday! Good thoughts and wishes will abound on Monday! I'll know how Kris is doing by the time of our meeting. The programing of her implant will require some time. Joe Porter will keep us informed on Jean's progress.
Everyone have a great weekend.
Schedule and Location
Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nokomis Fire Station, located just a few blocks south of Albee Road (where Matthews-Currie Ford is located) at Pavonia Road. We are on the west, or bay side, of U.S. 41, by the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are just north of Dona Bay. Turn on Pavonia and pull to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room on the far side of the complex. Gathering time: 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm