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UNF Jamboree Poetry Festival hosts local poet

The University of North Florida’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will be hosting a Jamboree Poetry Festival in partnership with UNF’s Ogier Gardens on Friday, April 7, from noon to 5 p.m. This event will include food, an open mic, as well as a poetry reading and workshop with local poet, Michelle Lizet Flores.

Flores is a graduate of FSU and NYU’s creative writing programs and is currently completing her 10th year in education. Along with being a teacher at Douglas Anderson High School, she also co-hosts the “What's in a Verse Poetry Open Mic” in Jacksonville. 

Flores has previously been published in magazines and journals such as The Miami Rail, Chircú Journal, and Travel Latina. A finalist for the Juan Felipe Herrera Award for Poetry, she is the author of “Cuentos from the Swamp” as well as the picture book, “Carlito the Bat Learns to Trick or Treat”. Her short fiction can be found in the forthcoming anthology, “Places We Build in the Universe” through Flowersong Press.

In addition to the jamboree festival, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will also host other events for the UNF International Poetry Festival, including:

  • Poetry Readings and Creative Activities – April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Language Lab
  • Film: “Kookayen ku k’a’ajsik u chiich / Soy una luciernaga que recuerda a su abuela” (Yucatec Maya, Spanish, English subtitles) with a Q&A with the filmmakers – April 6 at 3:15 p.m. in the Robinson Theater, 14A