Upcoming Speakers and Events

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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Friends of the Pine Island Public Library Presents
Cuba Travelogue
March 7th

Some of your friends have been to Cuba. Share the experience!

Here are some CUBA brain ticklers.......
Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world.  Cuba has two different currencies, one for tourists and one used by Cuban nationals. 
Want to learn more? Come join us, members of the Friends who have traveled to Cuba, either with Road Scholars (www.roadscholar.org) or with David Lee and Cultural Cuba (www.culturalcuba.com) in Tampa, will talk about their experiences.

This program is free and open to the public.
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Gulf Coast Writers Association
Guest Speaker of the month: Karen Dean
Zion Lutheran Church
7401 Winkler Road
Ft. Myers, FL

Saturday, March 17th
10-12 noon

Ever feel like you’re one the only one who reads your writing? Want to change that? Come hear this month’s guest speaker, Karen Dean Benson, talk about how to find that shimmer on the way to success.

Bring a friend! First time guests are always free. For more information call 770-906-7885 or go

This meeting will include the election of officers for 2018.

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Meet the Author, Terry Ansbro
Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus
26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
Room O-117 (off the cafeteria)
Thursday, March 22nd
3:30-4:30 PM

Come join and meet author, Terry Ansbro. He will read from "Matins: A Collection of Poetry."
  Terry is one of the featured authors in "Three Poets:  Three Journeys", soon to be published by Peace River Press.  Terry teaches English and Literature at the University of Memphis, Tennessee.  She has won or placed in three poetry contests of the Peace River Center for Writers.  She strives for a poetic voice that is both dynamic and accessible.  Copies of "Three Poets" will be available for sale before and after the reading. 

This event is free and open to the public. 
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Meet the Poet, Lola Haskins
Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus
26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
Room O-117 (off the cafeteria)
Friday, April 13th
12:30 - 2:30 PM

Lola Haskins has read on the FSW Charlotte Campus twice. She also read at the Pine Island Writers.
Lola has published many books of poetry and books about writing poetry.  She has won many literary awards locally, statewide and nationally.  Lola will also read in town at another place, so look for that date and time.  

There is no charge.  This workshop is open to the public.  So invite your fellow writers.  Writers of all levels are welcome. 

Please bring samples of your writing to read or discuss on a flashdrive for projection at the workshop or send in an e-mail to 

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Children's Book Fair & Family Fun Author Invite 20181

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Craft Short Fiction Prize
Deadline, April 30, 2018
Judge: Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

Submission Guidelines:
      Other questions? Visit our FAQ page.

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      The Visual Art Center
      Punta Gorda
      Call for Submissions - An Evening of Poetry

      The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda is again planning an Evening of Poetry in connection with the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition. Details about the event, as well as information as to how to submit a poem for consideration, are included in the attachment to this email.
      Please feel free to share or make copies of this Call for Submissions and distribute it to anyone that may be interested in participating.
      And mark your calendar for Monday, March 12, 2018, to attend the Evening of Poetry! It is a wonderful evening combining visual arts and poetry.

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      Board of Directors

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


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