“Everything,” Herman Hesse wrote, “becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.”
Anyone who has attended a reading in Tampa Bay's burgeoning literary scene would agree. Lately there have been more and more opportunities to hear writers read, not only at one of the many open mics in the area but at writing conferences and festivals, such as Writers in Paradise at Eckerd and the Times Festival of Reading at USF St. Pete. Four years ago, the University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing introduced Lectores, a weeklong series that was directly inpired by an age-old tradition of reading aloud.
The series takes its name from
At this week’s biannual Lectores series, audiences may not all have read Karl Marx, but Tampa will once again celebrate the lector, the intellectual who brings magic to the spoken word.
Lectores 2016 Readers
All readings start at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Tampa’s Falk Theatre except where noted. Events are free of charge.
Jan. 7: Lidia Yuknavitch
Jan. 8: Donald Morrill, Andrew Plattner
Jan. 9: Eula Bliss
Jan. 11: Jonathan Marcantoni, Vaughan Center, 9th floor, 4 p.m.; TJ Jarrett, Sykes Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: Vanessa Blakeslee (pictured above), Mikhail Iossel
Jan. 13: Stefan Kiesbye, Joe Oestreich
Jan. 14: Patricia Smith