Gulf Coast Writers Association Schedules Monthly Meeting
The Gulf Coast Writers Association provides a forum for fellowship, education and information among writers in the community. We promote writer welfare and spirit by encouraging members and others to pursue writing for pure joy or for compensation, whichever purpose better gratifies the individual.
Next meeting is April 20, 2013, 10 am - Zion Lutheran Church
April Speaker: Pat Washington
Dr. Patricia A. Washington, Professor Emeritus – Florida Gulf Coast University.
Dr. Washington began writing poetry and articles as an undergraduate student in Chicago. During this time she became a member of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) Writers’ Workshop under the auspices of the late Mr. Hoyt Fuller, Editor of (Negro Digest) Black World. As a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh she was a member of the Africana Studies Writers Workshop under the auspices of the late August Wilson and Professor Rob Penny. In 1997 her short story “The Face” was selected for publication in NOMMO an OBAC writer’s retrospective published by OBA House & the Illinois Arts Council. Since moving to Southwest Florida she has been a member of the Southwest Florida Writers; Gulf Coast Writers Association and Art Poems; a participant in the Sanibel Island Writers Conference [Poetry Workshops]; poem “Our Children” read at the opening session of the Florida Coalition for Children by Nadereh Salim CEO Children’s Network of South Florida; recipient of a 2nd place award for poetry by the Gulf Coast Writers Association; and founder / host of the SouthWest Florida Poetry Workshop in Fort Myers, Florida.
Poetry: Dancing Across the Page Without Falling Off the Edge
A Poet is one who compacts words (although some may say compresses words) to paint a picture, tell a story or convey emotion(s).
In my opinion, poetry provides the Poet with the opportunity to use rhythm, free verse, prose, blank verse, etc., to write/talk about just about any subject that interests them or their audience.
Many poets use the written word as well as the spoken word to share their art with audiences.
Good poets have the vision of an artist, the ear of a musician/singer and the ability to make words dance across the page without falling off the edge.
I will bring a few recorded poets and live poets. After the readings we will discuss crafting and reading poems that dance across the page.