The University of Tampa Writers at the University Series presents St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House) and Tampa poet Silvia Curbelo (Falling Landscape) reading from their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa.
Sarasota's Poetry Life Weekend presents "Coffee and Conversation" with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith (Ordinary Light) and presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco (Looking for the Gulf Motel) in discussion with the audience at 2 p.m. Friday at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets cost $15. The two poets will read from their work at 7 p.m. Saturday at FST's Keating Theatre, at the corner of Cocoanut and N Palm avenues, Sarasota. Tickets cost $25. For tickets and information about other Poetry Life events, go to sarasotapoetry.com.
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