2019 PoetryLife

PoetryLife brings together nationally-recognized poets, students, teachers, and community members all in one place to celebrate poetry. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000 or by clicking the events below. Visit poetrylife.org for more info.

Schedule of Events

PoetryLife Presents Poetry: Beating Heart of the Arts
A Discussion Followed By Lunch

WHEN: Monday, February 18 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Florida Studio Theatre, Court Cabaret

Music, painting, prose, playwrighting all owe their existence to poetry and poets. Please join in our lively discussion of how these artistic forms have been engendered or inspired by poets. Our panel will relate their own experiences with poetry and talk with the audience about how poetry impacts other art forms. Panelists include poets Terrance Hayes and Simon Armitage, musician/painter Bill Buchman and moderator Kate Alexander. 

Admission is $35 and includes lunch. Tickets are available via Florida Studio Theatre’s Box Office at 941-366-9000 or online by clicking here.


PoetryLife Presents Live on Stage: Terrance Hayes and Simon Armitage
WHEN: Monday, February 18 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Florida Studio Theatre, Court Cabaret

This is your opportunity to hear the poetry of two engaging and dynamic poets. Both Hayes and Armitage will be reading from their own work. This is a poetry event not to be missed.

Tickets are $25. Tickets are available via Florida Studio Theatre’s Box Office at 941-366-9000 or online by clicking here.

Simon Armitage is one of England’s best-loved authors. He is an award-winning poet, songwriter, playwright and translator. His numerous collections of poetry include Unaccompanied, published in late 2017. His nonfiction book, Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey, documents his 265-mile walking tour across England, working as a “modern troubadour.” In 2010 Armitage was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to poetry. In the US he has twice been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the current professor of poetry at Oxford University and is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield. 

Terrance Hayes is the author of six books of poetry and one of short stories. His collection Lighthead won the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry. His latest book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, has been shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in many literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review. His poetry has also been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.