Apr 122011

At this page you will find news of my activities as Volusia County’s first Poet Laureate. I would like to hear from you with suggestions for activities &/or an invitation to come and teach or perform for your organization.

One of my first projects will a YOUNG POETS MENTORING PROGRAM. To qualify, you must be between ages of 13 and 23 and a permanent resident of Volusia County. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian will have to sign a permission slip. Here is a description of what the program offers you.


Do you write poetry? Are you interested in learning how to write poetry?

Would you like to learn more about poetry from an established poet?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you may wish to apply to participate in our Young Poets Mentoring Program.

There are several ways you can “apply.”  

You can write to me directly via regular or email.

You can ask a poet or teacher to sponsor you and have them contact me.

If you don’t have a sponsor, there is a good chance that I can match you with a poet who has offered to be a mentor.

The advantages of being a participant are many! 

You are likely to learn a lot, and in so doing, produce a finished collection of at least 20 pages of poetry.

You will have your work published as an E-book and some poets will have a chapbook (up to a 28-page, stapled, printed booklet) of poems when they are done.

You will be building your resume! Imagine being able to list that you have already published your work! You will receive public acknowledgement and as likely, more chances to appear and present your work after the formal program is done.

What is involved in your participation? You will be asked to write poetry! (How bad is that?)

You may meet with your mentor to talk and revise poems. (You set the times.)

You will be invited to come to events and read. (Not required by hey… try it!)

You will prepare your book for electronic &/or print publication. (We’ll help.)

Help spread the word to young poets and mentors. Send them a link to this page.