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Press Release for Wednesday, October 12, 2016

UNF International Poetry Festival Features Internationally Renowned Poet and Poetry Contest

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

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 Presentation

Bilingual, in Spanish and English, keynote presentation and poetry reading by Afro-Columbian poet Marta Qui ñó nez and Dr. Constanza Lopez, associate professor of Spanish. Qui ñó 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 ñó nez.

Adjacent to Environmental Education Pavilion, Building 54, and Parking Services, Building 52


7 to 10 p.m.: Nuestra Noche

A night of artistic performances reflecting Latin American culture with singing, dancing and poetry readings.

Osprey Plaza, Student Union, Building 58


Thursday, Oct. 20

Noon to 7 p.m.: Poetry Contest and Open-Mic

Coxwell Amphitheater, 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.