Upcoming Speakers and Events

There will be no meetings on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy holiday season!

Location of all events: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall. 7771 Stringfellow Rd. Pine Island.  See link on website for map and directions.
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Peace River Center for Writers
Accepting poems for a poetry anthology entitled “Ironsights: A Collection of Veteran Poetry” to be published by Peace River Press in April. Submissions need to be sent between October 7, 2018 and January 15, 2019. This project is in collaboration with the Veterans Initiative for Therapeutic Arts​.  

For email entries please send computer generated (typed) entries using New Times Roman 12 point, with name, contact, military affiliation, with title and no more than 100 lines. You may send up to three poems and there is no reading fee for this book. We will publish at least 75 poems and have a book opening in April on FSW Charlotte Campus.

Send entries to 

For hardcopy entries, please refer to submission guidelines above and mail to:

Peace River Center for Writers 
at Florida SouthWestern State College
26300 Airport Rd.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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Friends of Pine Island Library Upcoming Events

11/4 Lunch at Cristof's and visit Everglades Fine Books. There are only a few slots left, so reserve now.

12/13 Noon - Author Tim Mc Bride, "Saltwater Cowboy" at the Elks.
$15 preregistration required.

1/28 Noon - Author Luncheon with Marty Ambrose at the Elks

2/8 10 am - Liz Coursen, "Writing Your Autobiography"
2/8 1 pm - Presentation on Historical Post Cards of Florida

3/28 Noon - Author Luncheon with Nancy Petralia at the Elks

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Poetry Night at the Library
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 PM

North Port Library
13800 S. Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34286

North Port Poetry Workshop proudly presents our annual autumnal Open Mic event. Set up & sign up at 5:30 pm. Tree and Leaf Poems displayed and presented by the members of the NPPW. All other rounds are open. Snacks & beverages served.

Free & Open to the Public

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Reverse Course
Paul Holmes

Many of you have entered into the idea of writers writing poems from the paintings of an artist. Why not reverse the process and let artists paint from poetry given to them by poets?

Paul Holmes is in the process of making this suggestion to local art galleries and libraries. He has taken the first step and would like to be sure that there are enough local poets who are willing to take part in such an endeavor.

If you have a poem that you think would inspire an artist to paint a really dramatic and beautiful picture and would like to be part of this first ever experiment then please reply to me at
pgholmes@comcast.net so I have the confidence to proceed with this new idea.

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Writers Helping Writers' (Used to be Writer's Read)
Punta Gorda Library
West Henry Street
Punta Gorda, FL

First Tuesdays of each month
11 am to 1 pm

The authors attending the meeting may provide several copies of their work in progress to be reviewed for feedback. Depending on the number of attendees, each writer has a ten-minute slot to read their story/poem followed by a five-minute discussion period. This group gives a writer the opportunity to read their work aloud. We gather to help each other improve our work. 

Several of us are self-published and can give tips on going that route. Some are published by a small press. We are happy to share our experiences. 

All writers are invited to participate no matter what level. Doesn’t matter if you’re simply thinking about writing and want to attend to get a feel for what transpires at a meeting. Those of us who have been attending for years are happy to share our experiences and encourage others not to give up.

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and the county library there is no charge for attending the meeting and you don't have to be a member of anything.  You just have to want to write something.

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Frontier Poetry
New Voices

Submissions for New Voices poetry category are open year-round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month.

They are thrilled to offer significant payment to their partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. They are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in their choices for publication.

They also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. Their aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of their beautiful community. Your voice is valued there.

Submissions are open to new and emerging poets only (no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission. For information about self-published works and pieces published via personal or social media pages, please see their FAQ page below).

Show excellence in your craft. Bend language, experiment with visuality and form—lay your heart bare on the page. The aim is to showcase writers who they believe will continue to produce great work. Send only your best.

They accept simultaneous submissions—please send a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (They want to say congrats!)

All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.

They do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.

Please include a cover letter with your publication history
Expect 8-12 weeks for a response

To view a list of most commonly asked questions regarding submitting, please see our FAQ page.

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Pine Island Writers


Board of Directors

Chai Voris - President
Jeff Nilsson - Vice President
Ed Zettle- Secretary/Treasurer
Jim Voris - Member-at-Larg


This website and its content is copyright of GBerreitter for the Pine Island Writers. All rights reserved.

Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all the contents in any form is prohibited without the prior written permission of the publisher. You may not store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. You may print or download to a local hard disk extracts or events for your own personal use. You may not use any, or part of any, poems or writings that are included in this website without the express permission of stated author.

For permission requests, write to the publisher at info@pineislandwriters.org.