Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The Department of
Languages, Literates and Cultures at the University of North Florida presents
the UNF International Poetry Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 18, through Thursday, Oct.
20, at various locations on campus. All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to noon: Games,
Workshops and Open-Mic Readings
Read a favorite poem,
play games and learn how poets write their poetry
Student Union Ballroom,
Building 58W, Room 3703
1 to 2:30 p.m.: Keynote
Bilingual, in Spanish
and English, keynote presentation and poetry reading by Afro-Columbian poet
nez and Dr. Constanza Lopez, associate professor of Spanish. Qui
nez has published more
than a dozen books of poetry and is a celebrated award winner. In 2014, she won
the Narratives of Live and Memory Award from the National Center of Historical
Memory in Bogata, Columbia.
Student Union, Building
58W, Auditorium, Room 2704
Wednesday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Poetry at Market Days
Type, build or draw a
poem and more.
Osprey Plaza, Student
Union, Building 58
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.:
Poetry Picnic Potluck
A picnic and poetry
reading with Qui
Environmental Education Pavilion, Building 54, and Parking Services, Building
7 to 10 p.m.: Nuestra
A night of artistic
performances reflecting Latin American culture with singing, dancing and poetry
Thursday, Oct. 20
Noon to 7 p.m.: Poetry
Contest and Open-Mic
adjacent to the Student Union, Building 58W
The deadline to submit a
poem for the contest is Sunday, Oct. 16, to
. Submissions must include name, institution, contact e-mail and
phone number, title of poem, preferred time block to present – noon to 3 p.m.
or 4 to 7 p.m., and language of your poem.
For more information
about the festival, contact Lopez at
, or Dr. Greg Helmick, associate professor at
The Department of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures is committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn one
or more languages at the University of North Florida. From the most basic
classes for beginners to advanced courses in literature and civilization, UNF
language students engage in problem-solving strategies, including negotiating
meaning, understanding and working within cultural diversity, and applying
historical background knowledge.
UNF, a nationally ranked
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who
are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their
own futures through a well-rounded education.
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