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Poetry Walk on Cleveland Street

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Poetry Walk Downtown Clearwater. 2nd Annual Cleveland Street Poetry Walk

Clearwater, FL (April 8, 2009) - In honor of National Poetry Month, the 2nd Annual Cleveland Street Poetry Walk will be held Saturday, April 18th in downtown Clearwater.

To start off the event, from 12 noon to 1pm in Station Square Park at 610 Cleveland Street, Elyse Aronson, a.k.a. Mz Goose, will host an hour of children’s poetry, fun and prizes. Children can bring poetry or they'll have a chance to write it on the spot!

Then at 2pm, the adult Poetry Walk will begin at Station Square Park presided over by Then at 2pm, the adult Poetry Walk will begin at Station Square Park presided over by Larry Jaffe, Poet Laureate for Youth for Human Rights. It will continue at various venues including the Jim Warren Gallery, Peter Gillham's Nutrition Center and Tony's Pizzeria, as well as the Warehaus Boutique and Intuition Salon and Spa, located at 418 Laura Street. A program and map will be provided for attendees at the park. 
The Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry Volume II will be released, featuring poems about downtown Clearwater and life in Florida, written by nearly 50 local poets, residents, shop owners, community leaders and will include a special section of youth poetry by Community Learning Center students.

At 6:00pm The Poetry Walk will conclude with a party at the new Artists in Action's Mission: Beautification Gallery, 400 Cleveland Street. The gala will include an open mic poetry reading, refreshments, prize drawings and social mingling.

Readings during the day will be hosted by poets Larry Jaffe, Stazja McFadyen, editor and publisher of PoEmPath and Alan Graham, host of the monthly Poetry by Candlelight.

Last year, Mayor Frank Hibbard issued a proclamation naming April 19th, 2008 "Clearwater Poetry Day." With this year's event, the Annual Poetry Walk becomes a Clearwater tradition.

For more information on the Poetry Walk, contact Stazja McFadyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (727) 449-0597, or go to http://www.artistsinactionint.org/ .
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