Sunday, December 10, 2017
Books

Tampa's YellowJacket Press celebrates 10 years of publishing Florida poetry

Tampa's own YellowJacket Press is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and that's important for Florida readers because this small press is devoted to publishing just one thing: work by Florida poets.

Since Tampa poet and teacher Gianna Russo founded it in 2005, YellowJacket — an all-volunteer nonprofit operating on a shoestring budget — has published 30 chapbooks, each one by a different Florida poet.

To celebrate a decade of publishing, YellowJacket has a new book, its first anthology and largest collection of poems ever. Glass Bottom Sky.

Edited by two Tampa Bay area poets, Silvia Curbelo and Gregory Byrd, the book gathers at least two poems by each of the 30 poets the press has published, as well as another 17 poems by the press' board members.

The poets whose work appears in the book include Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke, Tampa poet laureate James Tokley and a number of other poets who live in the Tampa Bay area, such as Michael Bates, Cole Bellamy, Wendy Buffington, Melissa Carroll, Melissa Fair, Thomas Hallock, Rhonda J. Nelson, Katherine Reigel and Enid Shomer.

The poems range widely in subject and style, from Susan Lilley's funny, sexy Aging Bride Considers Her Checkered Past to Heather Sellers' poignant Schizophrenia in Florida, from Richard Downing's laconic Rites to Rachel Fogarty's lushly dreamlike Gallus Gallus and Florida Flowers.

As Russo writes in her introduction to Glass Bottom Sky, "Our hope and intention is that it will help preserve Florida's poetic heritage of the early 21st century."

YellowJacket will also celebrate its 10th year with a party — and, of course, poetry readings — at 6 p.m. Saturday at Upward Spiral Center, 6718 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Comments
This week’s pop culture winners and losers: Tonya Harding edition

This week’s pop culture winners and losers: Tonya Harding edition

WINNERS: Tonya Harding The once disgraced Olympic figure skater is no longer on thin ice in the pop culture world. Harding joined Margot Robbie, who is playing her in the upcoming film I, Tonya, on the red carpet this week. While Harding pleaded g...
Published: 12/08/17

Book events: Victorian Christmas Event, Cheryl Hollon launch party

Book TalkCheryl Hollon (Etched in Tears) will appear at a launch party for the new book in her Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Books at Park Place, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.William Valentine (Cuban Charade) will s...
Published: 12/07/17
Mahaffey Theater cancels Garrison Keillor performance after sexual misconduct allegations

Mahaffey Theater cancels Garrison Keillor performance after sexual misconduct allegations

The Mahaffey Theater has canceled an upcoming performance by Garrison Keillor in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against the former host of A Prairie Home Companion.Keillor was to perform in St. Petersburg on Feb. 5, but the show's promo...
Published: 12/06/17
Review: History’s ‘Knightfall’ will please fans of epic history, popular culture

Review: History’s ‘Knightfall’ will please fans of epic history, popular culture

Sometimes a Templar Knight dies in your field and you have to return his master sword to the temple in Paris, because God's kingdom depends on it.All that happens to Parsifal (Bobby Shofield) in the first episode of History's new period drama Knightf...
Published: 12/06/17
For gift books this holiday season, think classic

For gift books this holiday season, think classic

The gift book is a holiday tradition, but what’s significant enough to merit a space on your recipient’s coffee table? Classics. Look for a book that captures people, places or things we see as enduring, indispensable, iconic: unforgettable photograp...
Published: 12/06/17
36 period dramas you can stream right now on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu

36 period dramas you can stream right now on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu

If you've loved period dramas for any length of time, you probably feel like you've seen them all. Not that there's a shortage of shows dramatizing any and everything from the 1600s to the '60s. But sometimes you've seen all Masterpiece and BBC curr...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17
What pop culture from 2017 made you most hopeful for 2018 and beyond?

What pop culture from 2017 made you most hopeful for 2018 and beyond?

Can we all just agree that 2017 has been a toilet fire of epic proportions?Seriously, between all the strife and discord and tragedy and loss, it feels like 2017 was engineered in a lab to feel like a kick in the shins from the moment you woke up in ...
Published: 12/05/17
5 holiday treats to try at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

5 holiday treats to try at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

The Tampa theme park boasts the title of roller coaster king in Florida, but it can also say it has one of the prettiest displays of Christmas lights in Tampa Bay.Busch Gardens runs its annual Christmas Town festivities select nights through Dec. 31,...
Published: 12/05/17
With Trump slashing national monuments, here are three books to read

With Trump slashing national monuments, here are three books to read

With President Donald Trump’s decision to slash the acreage of two national monuments in the news, here are three classic books about our system of national parks, monuments and other protected lands.Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Harp...
Published: 12/05/17
Tampa, Largo breweries team up for Krispy Kreme doughnut beer

Tampa, Largo breweries team up for Krispy Kreme doughnut beer

What can unite two beermakers from opposite sides of Tampa Bay?Doughnuts, that's what.Tampa's Hidden Springs Ale Works and Largo's Arkane Aleworks are teaming up for a Russian imperial stout brewed with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Be still our beating he...
Published: 12/05/17