R229. Think Global, Act Local: Literary Organizations Bridging Communities

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


A community fostered by the arts happens with planning, time, and strategy. Leaders from five acclaimed, national-reaching literary organizations based in Florida show how literary citizenship can build relationships with local communities where arts scenes are new and growing. By working with local arts organizations, hosting community events, and targeting both local and national audiences in social media, these organizations bolster their local arts scenes and themselves.


Kathleen Martin is a poetry editor at Swamp Ape Review, an MFA student at Florida Atlantic University and has assisted with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her digital literacy project, Between Memories, appeared in the Schmidt Gallery at FAU last spring with the Digital Arts/Social Justice exhibit.

Lisa Roney is editor in chief of The Florida Review and Aquifer: TFR Online. She is author of Sweet Invisible Body (memoir); The Best Possible Bad Luck (poetry); and craft guide Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres, and is associate professor of English at University of Central Florida.

Mario Alejandro Ariza is a Dominican immigrant and a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s master in fine arts program. He holds a master’s degree in Hispanic cultural studies from Columbia University. His poetry can be found in places like The Cincinnati Review and Gulf Coast.

T.C. Jones is the managing editor at Gulf Stream magazine and an editor at Burrow Press. His writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Pacifica Literary Review, The Atticus Review, The Monarch Review, Dos Passos Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others.

Yaddyra Peralta is a poet. Her poems have been published in Eight Miami Poets, Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, and Hinchas de Poesia. She currently teaches writing and literature at Miami Dade College, and she is assistant director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside