Keep St. Pete Lit 2023 Impact

  • Offered after-school writing classes for an average of 225 at-risk youth each week at  Dunedin Elementary, 74th St. Elementary, Gulfport Elementary, Academy Prep, and New Heights Elementary during the school year. 
  • Partnered with University of South Florida on statewide Poetry Out Loud series, where we were responsible for judging and creating educational support materials. We also produced Poetry Out Loud Gets Original, a poetry anthology featuring the writing of high school students throughout Florida. 
  • We managed our WORD! Book Boxes, which provide free culturally diverse children and young adults books at five locations: Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Johnnie Ruth Clark; Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center (Wildwood); Childs Park Recreation Center; St. Pete Fight Team; and Starling School.
  • Partnered with Camp Summer Quest for eight weeks of creative writing summer classes for their at-risk students.
  • Partnered with High Point Family Center for summer creative writing classes. 
  • Partnered with The Factory St. Pete and Florida Craft Art on a monthly book club.
  • Offered a LitSpace writing classes on Tuesday evenings in person at The Factory St. Pete and Florida Craft Art's Art Lofts.
  • Hosted a monthly Poetry Open Mic on the last Wednesday of the month at The Studio@620.
  • Hosted a monthly Poetry Open Mic on the second Saturday of the month at The Factory  St. Pete, during Second Saturday ArtWalk through June 2023.
  • Partnered with The Dali Museum on an ekphrastic writing workshop inspired by their Expressionism Exhibit.
  • We were the fiscal sponsor for the inaugural City of Writers Poetry Festival in collaboration with St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Gloria Muñoz and the City of St. Petersburg during the month of April.