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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 5 years ago

Poets invade beachside park

by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

The public is invited to the state poets convention, to be held locally.

Poems of love, loss, social issues and other topics were heard on Sept. 4 at Bicentennial Park, as the Tomoka Poets gathered in a gazebo and read their verses. Amplified, their voices carried on the breeze to mix with the sounds of traffic and ocean surf.

It was one of the monthly Poetry in the Park events, which are scheduled at various parks around the county. The idea started with local poet Freddie Booth.

“They have Shakespeare in the Park, why not Poetry in the Park?” he said.

Mary-Ann Westbook, of Ormond-by-the-Sea, president of Tomoka Poets and secretary of Florida State Poets Association, said, “You have the energy of the air and the energy of the ocean. It’s a different feeling than indoors.”

Westbrook is the coordinator for the Florida State Poets Association convention which will run Oct. 24- 26 at Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2700 N. Atlantic Blvd., Daytona Beach. Workshops will range from tips on how to give a good poetry performance to the healing power of poetry, and will be led by university professors and local poet David Axelrod of the Creative Happiness Institute. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

The final event will be a ghost tour of historic Lilian Place with a writing workshop on Oct. 26.

For more information, visit or contact Mary-Ann Westbrook at [email protected] or 441-1839.

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