Page Turners: Tampa Bay's literary happenings

Upcoming literary events include author readings, Women's History Month workshops and open mics.


Author Amy Christine Parker will read at Wordier Than Thou’s storytelling and prose open mic at The [email protected] Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Parker is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel, Gated, an Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month Spotlight Pick and its sequel, Astray. Her third book for Penguin Random House Children’s Books, Smash and Grab, releases May 2016. She’ll be followed by open mic slots. Each reader or performer gets 10 minutes. This unique open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction — no poetry or music. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.


Going OM: Real-Life Stories on & off the Yoga Mat features candid, witty essays on how we stumble, sweat, and search for meaning. Listen to four of the contributors — Ira Sukrungruang, Alan Shaw, Katie Riegel and Gloria Muñoz — share their hysterical and heartwarming stories Wednesday, March 18, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Graphicstudio – Institute for Research in Art. 

Tampa’s Inkwood Books has several authors stopping by this month. Kristen Simmons, author of the popular Article 5 series, returns Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m. with her latest book, The Glass ArrowBette Isacoff, author of Star Crossed, visits the shop Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., and New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White will sell and sign copies of the latest in his Doc Ford series, Cuba Straits, Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.

Kitchen Table Literary Arts celebrates Women's History Month with “At Our Grandmothers’ Feet: Our Lives and How We Live Them.” This reading and creative writing workshop offers a stand-alone class to introduce participants to the work of elder and ancestor women writers of color. The session focuses on critical analysis of short stories by Dorothy West, Mary Elizabeth Vroman, Alice Childress, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Coursework includes biographical background of the writer, social context for work, and writing techniques evident in the language and composition of the selected reading. This special workshop will take place Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Seminole Heights Branch Library. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Go here for more information.

University of Tampa sociologist Bruce Friesen will share insights from his bookMoral Systems and the Evolution of Human Rights (Springer 2015) – Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the university’s Macdonald-Kelce Library. His book provides a compelling account for the vast amount of change in moral systems over time, the human imperative to create meaningful moral systems and why human rights have emerged as the world's first indigenous, global, moral system. This presentation is part of the UT Writes series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Macdonald-Kelce Library.

Arts2Action Inc. and Sacred Grounds Coffee House in Tampa present its monthly Veterans Community Open Mic on Sunday, April 5, 6:30-9 p.m. This creative space is open not only to veterans, but also to families, community supporters, caregivers and allies.

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