WFLF-PSC partner, bring poet Anne Waldman to Pensacola

    New York poet, writer, social activist and international performer Anne Waldman will present a free poetry workshop April 21 and a reading-musical performance April 22 at Pensacola State College. The performance “Makeup on Empty Space: Poetry in Performance” is co-sponsored by West Florida Literary Federation and PSC.
    Waldman has published more than 40 books of poetry. Since the 1960s, she has been a member of the Outrider experimental poetry community and also has been
connected to the Beat poets. In 1974, along with Allen Ginsberg and others, Waldman founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder where she is Distinguished Professor of Poetics and director of Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. Ginsberg and Waldman were featured in Bob Dylan’s film, “Renaldo and Clara,” and also traveled through New England and Canada with the Rolling Thunder Revue, a concert tour whose impromptu stops entertained enthusiastic crowds with poetry and music.
     She has served residencies or as a fellow at academic institutions in Tokyo and Vienna and has been advisor or faculty member at numerous other national and international schools. She co-founded
the Poetry is News collection in 2002. In 2011 she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American poets. Waldman has been a vocal proponent for feminist, environmental and human rights causes for more than four decades. She became a student of Buddhism in the 1960s.
Waldman’s son and musician, Ambrose Bye, partners with his mother for performances, including the one in Pensacola.
     Waldman’s workshop will be Friday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PSC Library, Building 20 Room 2051. The reading and musical performance will be Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. at PSC’s Ashmore Auditorium. The workshop is free and open to the public.
      Tickets for the performance are reserved admission, $11; seniors (60-plus), PSC Alumni Association members, students and children, $9; PSC Seniors Club, PSC faculty and staff, $7; PSC students with valid student ID, free. Tickets go on sale online Monday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the event online at

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West Florida Literary Federation brings together writers and area residents who are interested in writing and the literary heritage of West Florida. We offer programs, workshops, awards, critique sessions, open mics and related activities for members and the public. WFLF sponsors an annual student poetry writing contest, publishes an anthology biannually, and maintains the Dr. Francis P. Cassidy Writers Resource Center in Pensacola Cultural Center.

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WFLF  names winning student poets in 2017 Escambia County Student Poetry Contest

West Florida Literary Federation, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2017 Escambia County Student Poetry Contest. A near record number 677 entries in this year’s contest garnered the most student poems since 2011, says Susan Lewis, contest director. 

This year’s theme, "And When the Sun Rises . . ." was intended to be a pathway out of last year’s "When I'm Alone," Lewis explains. “Those of us privileged with the task of introducing poetry to young writers must be mindful with themes and prompts. Words have the power to walk our youth down some very dark halls and although they learn as they walk. It is our duty as elder-poets to teach them the techniques which will enable them to find their way from the darkness, through to the light."

Students will read their winning poems  and accept their awards at Books A Million, 6235 North Davis, Pensacola, Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. To view winners, click here

Publishing Opportunities

Submissions are now open for Vol. XIX of the biennial anthology, Emerald Coast Review, published by West Florida Literary Federation. Writers are invited to submit entries of art, photography, prose and poetry. The deadline for 2017 is May 15.

For submissions guidelines click here.

West Florida Literary Federation members are encouraged to send work to Andrea Walker, editor, for publication in WFLF’s monthly newsletter The Legend. 

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As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we seek to promote and nurture literary talent in Northwest Florida through educational programs, writers' workshops, open forums, school poetry competitions, community programs, and publications.