Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke (Lucky Bones) will read from his work at 2 p.m. April 9 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota.
The SunLit Festival continues in St. Petersburg with these events.
APRIL 10: An Evening With Craig Pittman (Oh Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the County), 5:30 p.m., Mirror Lake Library (second floor), 280 Fifth St. N.
APRIL 11: First Draft features readers and storytellers on the theme of "heat." 7 p.m., Unscripted Theater, 14 18th St. S.
Silent Read and Write-in is 90 minutes of writing and reading in silence, with devices checked at the door. 7:30 p.m., Metta Center, 4554 Central Ave., Unit F.
APRIL 12: True Stories is a storytelling competition with participants selected at random to tell a five-minute story on the theme "goodbyes." 9 p.m., Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave.
APRIL 13: Pull My Daisy (1959) and This Song for Jack (1983), two films related to Beat poet Jack Kerouac, who lived the last years of his life in St. Petersburg. Special introduction by Kerouac's friend David Amram. 6 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. $5 or free with MFA membership.
Poetry at the Dalí with Jane Hirshfield (The Beauty), hosted by St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace. 6 p.m., Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd.
Voodoo Macbeth, inspired by Orson Welles' 1936 production and featuring an all African-American cast. 7 p.m., the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, with matinees at 3 p.m. April 15, April 16 and April 23 and evening performances at 7 p.m. April 14 and April 20-22. $25, $20 students and seniors at thestudioat620.org.
APRIL 14: From Page to Stage @St. Pete City Theater, with teens performing spoken word poetry and theater excerpts. 6 p.m., St. Petersburg City Theater, 4025 31st St. S.
David Amram: Music, Stories, & Kerouac is a performance by the jazz musician and composer and member of the Beats. 8 p.m., the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 day of show at mypalladium.org or (727) 822-3590.
APRIL 15: Downtown Tour With a Literary Twist combines an architecture tour with readings by local writers. Starts at 10 a.m. from Mirror Lake Library, 280 Fifth St. $10, free for St. Petersburg Preservation members; stpetepreservation.org.
Lucha Libro: The Madness Returns features eight "typewriter gladiators" given five minutes to write to a randomly chosen subject and then read their work. 7 p.m., Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St. S.
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