Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Blog: Yellowjacket Press Party 2013

YellowJacket Press held their fourth annual 'Poetry Month After Party' in St. Petersburg this year.
     On a beautiful Friday evening, 7 pm, May 17, 2013, over 50 people gathered on the brick surface of the Snell-Williams Courtyard on Second St. South, just north of Sixth Ave South.
     The 'After Party' also honored Meryl Statford, author of 'The Magician's Daughter' which won the 2013 YellowJacket Press poetry contest.
     Gianna Russo (who runs YellowJacket Press) and Thomas Hallock of USF St. Petersburg, gave welcoming remarks and were followed by poetry from Michael Bates, Melanie Hubbard, Therese Tappouni, Gloria Munoz, and Peter Meinke. Meryl Statford ended the evening by reading her contest-winning poetry.
     The suggested donation of five dollars went to benefit the 501-C3 YellowJacket Press (
      Jeanne Meinke, a line artist whose art has appeared in national publications provided  line art of the Victorian-style Snell House for the printed program.
     Therese Tappouni appeared earlier in the day for a radio interview on Jo Ellen Schilke's 'Art In Your Ear' show on WMNF, 88.5 FM, Tampa (
      Pre-event music was performed by the trio of 'Inkhorn".
--- Malcom Johnson

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