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APRIL 11-14,2024 | GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
HOMECOMING: A Sense Of Place

FEATURING AMERICAN POET,
NATALIE J. GRAHAM

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow.

 

In August 2021, Natalie was appointed inaugural Poet Laureate of Orange County. A widely published scholar and creative leader, she serves as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cal State University, Fullerton.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
From April 11-14, Bard & Broadside Poetry Festival is bringing together the North Central Florida community and artists for collaborative sessions that will help you discover a new way to use your words. In addition to workshops, poetry events, and youth activities, you will learn how American Poet, Natalie J. Graham explores strategies to enrich art.  
All events are
first come, first served and FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Schedule
Thursday, April 11
Public School Text & Image Workshop (Not open to the public) 
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On Thursday, April 11th Artist Patrick Grigsby of the University of Florida School of Art + Art History & Alachua County Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson will collaborate with local public school students to write poems and create an improvisational print mural on the theme of Unity in the Community. Their text and images will be displayed at subsequent Bard & Broadside events. Not open to the public

Thursday, April 11
6:00-9:00 pm | Open Mic at Harn Museum Nights

Join our local poetry community on Thurs, April 11th, 6-9 PM for an Open Mic at UF Harn Museum of Art  (3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville), co-hosted by the ARTSPEAKSgnv, the Civic Media Center’s Thursday Night Poetry Jam, Gainesville’s DOPEnmic, & UF’s Living Poets Society

Free & open to the public. All poets are welcome. Some content may not be appropriate for children.

Friday, April 12
7:00-9:00 pm | Poetry Workshop with local guest poet JENNA NISHIDA at the Matheson History Museum

Matheson History Museum (513 E. University Ave., Gainesville)

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 13
1:00-3:00 pm | WORD SLAY
"Standing On Words"

  Teen Spoken-Word Poetry & Monologue Competition 

Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters  401 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL

Saturday April 13
2:00 - 4:00 pm | Cancer Awareness Poetry Slam
From Diagnosis to Survivorship

Oakview Community Center
810 NW 8th Ave. Gainesville, FL.

Saturday, April 13
6:00 pm | Swamp Berry Jam
North Central Florida Poetry Slam

Gainesville Florida's Inaugural Poetry Slam 

Featuring Some of the Nation's Best Slam Poets

 5 Star Event Center 

534 N Main St. Gainesville, FL. 

Sunday, April 14 
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:00-3:00 pm | Poetry Workshop with Special Guest Poet NATALIE J. GRAHAM

Join us at on Sunday, April 16th, 1-3 PM at Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters for a free poetry workshop by award-winning poet Natalie J. Graham

401 E Univ. Ave, Gainesville

Sunday, April 14
4:00-5:00 pm | Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Special Guest Poet NATALIE J. GRAHAM at Alachua County Library District's Headquaters

Meet NATALIE J. GRAHAM on Sunday, April 14th, 4-5 PM at Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited - arrive early!

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SUPPORT THIS EVENT!

Your generous contribution will help continue to bring programs like the Bard & Broadside Poetry Festival to our community free of charge.

This event is brought to you by, ARTSPEAKSgnv Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization's primary mission is to support literacy in youth and adults through the art of Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling, and Creative Writing. ARTSPEAKS promotes healthy communities by utilizing all forms of creativity and artistic expression through collaboration with educational and public health organizations.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities

For more information, contact bardandbroadside@gmail.com

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