November Events: 

The Art of The Deuces Writing Workshop 

The Art of The Deuces Writing Workshop is an opportunity to explore the immersive and captivating world of storytelling through public art. Led by the African American Heritage Association, youth participants will take a tour of the Deuces. They will discover how artists convey narratives through their art while learning about the rich culture and heritage of the Deuces. Following the tour, Keep St. Pete Lit staff will lead participants through writing exercises encouraging exploration of themes inspired by the neighborhood.
St. Pete Reads! LitFest

Date: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Location: The Woodson African American Museum of Florida
2240 9th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, Fl 33712

Writing Workshops on Mondays at The Gulfport Senior Center

Have you wanted to write poetry but you’re not sure where to start? Pack a pen and a journal and join Sara Ries Dziekonski at The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center on Mondays in November at 10:00 am to unleash your rich stories and emotional landscapes and let them breathe in verse.

To get your writing juices flowing, participants will begin each session by sampling a buffet of poetic styles by different authors. Let’s celebrate the positive power of aging as you record the rhythm of your life that only YOU can write.   

This is a four-week course offered by KEEP ST. PETE LIT. At the end of the four weeks, participants will have the opportunity to perform their poems at a special reading open to the community.  

Space is limited, call (727) 893-5657 to pre-register. Read and Write on!


Poetry Open Mic 

Come be part of our amazing spoken word community! Sign up to read a poem when you arrive, but get your tickets in advance so we know how many chairs to set up! Not a writer? That is ok! Folks who just love to listen to poetry are highly encouraged to attend! Enjoy as part of the audience, discover our diverse local literary talent and provide them with valuable feedback on their work! Admission $5

Hosted by: Sara Ries Dziekonski

Featured Poet: Victoria Dym is a graduate of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College with a degree in Humility, a Bachelor of Arts, in Philosophy, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Writing-Poetry from Carlow University. Her two poetry chapbooks, Class Clown, and When the Walls Cave In were published by Finishing Line Press in 2015 and 2018. Victoria’s chapbook, Spontaneous, was selected by Northwest Poet Laureate Katherine Nelson-Born as the winner of the 2021 Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge Contest, won a cash prize and subsequently was published by the West Florida Literary Federation in 2022. Ms. Dym's full-length manuscript, The Hatchet Sun, was published by Finishing Line Press in August 2023. Victoria lives in Tampa Florida, where she hosts the Annual October Haiku Challenge, teaches poetry, improv, storytelling, facilitates Laughter Yoga workshops and works as a Standardized Patient Actor for the University of Tampa, Nova Southeastern University and USF.

Date: Wednesday, November 29

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: The Studio@620 (620 1st Ave S. St. Pete)