And 2017’s LitSpace St. Pete Residency Goes to . . . Alison Stone!
We here at Keep St. Pete Lit are overjoyed to announce that New York-based poet Alison Stone has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the LitSpace St. Petersburg Writer’s Residency. Stone will be in residence from April 9th until April 24th, and will give a workshop and reading during the SunLit Festival.
Our applicant pool this year was absolutely stunning, with extremely accomplished candidates from Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and Zimbabwe all vying for the chance to come to St. Pete and write. This outpouring of interest shows just how much need there is for programs to support writers.
But we ultimately could only pick one resident this year, and Stone stood out. Her poetry is deeply personal, human, and accessible, but also formally adventurous, precisely wrought, and completely unflinching as it grapples with taboo and trauma. The English poet Hugo Williams said of Stone that she “slips a carving knife under the skin of convention, eviscerating appearances, revealing the savage truth.”
Stone has published in the Paris Review, Poetry International, Ploughshares, and many other prominent outlets. She has been awarded Poetry Magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize and the Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award, and has published collections with NYQ Books, Presa Press, and Parallel Press. During her residency, Stone will be working on a new cycle of poems inspired by Greek and Roman mythology.
While we’re honored to be able to support such a gifted writer, a major goal of our organization is to foster a literary community and literary talent locally. To that end, our resident will be part of our City of Poets reading on Wednesday, April 19th (More info here).
She will also be offering a workshop on April 22nd, guiding students through one of KSPL’s favorite genres, the ekphrastic – that is, poetry inspired by other art and art forms. More info about that workshop will be coming soon.
We want to thank all of the great sponsors and partners who have made this possible, including the Pruitt Foundation, Coast Bike Share, Craftsman House, the Morean, the Studio @620, Black Crow Coffee, and many others. Our programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing community. And we’re not done yet – if you’d like to help make sure there’s a LitSpace resident as great as Alison Stone in 2018, 2019, and beyond, please reach out.
Master Class: Writing Ekphrastic Poetry Drawing Inspiration from other Art Forms –
Saturday, April 15th (1:00pm-3:00pm)
Keep St. Pete Lit is pleased to name the second recipient of the LitSpace St. Petersburg Writers Residency, Alison Stone. In this experiential workshop with Ms. Stone, we will explore using other art forms to stimulate poems. Whether the inspiration is a work of visual art or a desire for revisionist mythmaking, other genres have served to spark poets for centuries. We will examine some viewpoints and strategies used by a variety of poets, and then generate work using in-class prompts. There will be time for sharing and feedback if desired.
City of Poets at the Chihuly Collection – Wednesday, April 19th (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Come celebrate National Poetry Month at the SunLit Festival! Celebrated Saint Petersburg poets: Peter Meinke (Poet Laureate of Florida), Helen Pruitt Wallace (Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg), & Gloria Muñoz (Eckerd College and LitSpace Faculty) will read alongside Keep St. Pete Lit’s 2017 LitSpace Writer in Residence, Alison Stone in an unforgettable evening of poetry. The reading will be followed by a Q&A discussion and book signings. Refreshments will be available for donation.