Keep St. Pete Lit are not only celebrating their 5th year anniversary, but are also organizing a Beat Poetry contest. What better time than National Literacy Month! Check out this grassroots charities’ website for full details. Limited to three entries per person, the top five winners will be taking home a Kerouac shirt and having prime-time spots live on the mic for reading their work at the next Friends of Jack Kerouac House event hosted by the Flamingo Sports Bar. Poems are due by October 1st.
This is a hand-lettered flyer, touched up on Photoshop, from a fun project collaboration with Maureen McDowell, the Literary Queen of St. Pete and founder of Keep St. Pete Lit. The next Kerouac night event will take place October 20th at 1230 MLK St N in St. Pete, FL. Help the FoTJKH, Inc raise funds to preserve the literary legend’s St. Pete home into a museum and historical landmark. Kerouac coined stream of consciousness writing and although he is arguably one of the most famous Beat Poets, writer of On the Road, the last chapters of his life don’t get much mention before his death in St Pete in 1969. It has been enjoyable giving back to the community through volunteer work with both of these local organizations, helping to uplift their outreach via art.