Literature

5 Things to Do in Pinellas |
Oct. 13-19 – Too Many Books Edition

Do you have too many books? I have too many books. I’d implore people to stop making so many books, but I also can’t stop buying (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO

Florida Lit News Roundup: Accolades and Passages Edition

Recent Florida literary news includes honors dispersed, lives well-lived, and a notable possibility for a bright future. Here’s your chance (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Banned Books Burlesque promotes literacy with Va-va-va-voom!

Because promoting literacy is a tough sell in an ADD-addled society preoccupied with Netflix bingeing and cat memes, it doesn’t hurt to add (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | COMEDY, LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS

Interfaith Week celebrates religions’ influence on culture and the arts

Joran Oppelt founded Tampa Bay Interfaith Week to celebrate all the religions in the Tampa Bay, encourage fellowship, and to heal and solve (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife — Book News Roundup For August

    It’s been an eventful summer, both in the wider world and when it comes to books. We are, as always, your monthly one-stop (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Regional Arts Summit Gathers Arts & Cultural Community

Artists, arts leaders and representatives of arts organizations descended on Clearwater’s EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College on July 21 for the (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | FILM, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife – July Edition

Each month, we round up the most important local and Florida-related literary news, and a few highlights from around the country and world. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Florida LitLife June

Here’s our monthly roundup of the most important Florida-related or Florida-adjacent bits of news for the month. It has been, let’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

From the Guest Editor,
Margaret Murray

When there is no threshold, there can be no fear of stepping across it. Art can be a transformative experience, even more so when it unexpectedly (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Pride in Pinellas Arts — Celebrating our Uncommon Bonds

Pride Month means every June is full of parades and performances that recognize the long struggle for equality for queer people in the U.S. and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Moved by Art — Nomadic, Outdoors and On Tour

Pinellas artists achieve success with creativity in motion. The dynamics of art in our postmodern society are uniquely varied. Our local art (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

Laura Kepner Can’t Stop

The doyenne of Safety Harbor’s literary scene proves that one (seemingly tireless) person can change lives – including her own. When she first (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

The Odet, Safety Harbor’s Own Literary Journal, Wants Your Submissions

When we recently profiled Safety Harbor literary scenemaker Laura Kepner, we could only scratch the surface of her dozens of cool projects. But (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Venture to the seedy side of the Sunshine State in Steph Post’s Lightwood

BOOK REVIEW Lightwood by Steph Post Polis (304 pages, $25.95) If you like your like your Florida souvenir shops a little trashy, your bars a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

May 26 – June 1 It’s getting hotter, folks. But at least some forecasts say it won’t crack 90 this week, so consider it a last frantic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

Keep St. Pete Lit Poetry Open Mic Lures Your Biome

Keep St. Pete Lit’s Poetry Open Mic offers an opportunity for local writers to share their polished or unpolished pieces in a nonjudgmental (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife | May

With St. Pete’s SunLit Festival a fond memory, what’s next on the agenda for writers and readers in Florida? Here’s our roundup (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

May 12 – 18 It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Here’s how to handle that: First, check out Creative Loafing’s exhaustive guide to Mother’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

May 5 – 11 This week in Pinellas, we have free comic books, a couple of musical icons to choose from, glass blowing in the dark (!!!) and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Literary Carousel Delights and Amuses at the MFA

Through the show-and-tell art of the ekphrastic — a literary interpretation of a piece of visual art — prominent Bay area writers (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife | April

Writing in Florida is, as the kids say, tearing it up: I don’t think I’ve ever written one of these columns where there was more (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Review | Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne: Motherhood is a Beast

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Release Date: April 25th Buy It Here I have been reading the work of Tallahassee-based Jeff VanderMeer for more than a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things to Do

April 21 – 27 Kenny G is playing in Clearwater tonight . . . but let’s not talk about that. Sure, we gave a (totally sincere!) little shout (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

Keeping it Noodle with Eva Avenue

Visual art and writing find themselves intersecting in many places and people. A dynamic and local example is Eva Avenue. Avenue is a contributor (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

Interview | Sarah Gerard

Known for the questionable mental state of its citizens in a land of concrete slabbed over mangroves and sand, I remember living out West for (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | LITERATURE

5 Things to Do

April 14 – 20 This week’s events are dominated by SunLit, the newly revamped literary festival linking together book-themed happenings (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Review: Sarah Gerard – Sunshine State

Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State is the most serious literary treatment of Pinellas and Tampa Bay since Sterling Watson’s Suitcase (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things to Do

March 31-April 6 It’s a great week for weirdness in Tampa Bay, from surrealist painters to edgy theatre to even-more-surrealist rock icons. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Blood Sisters Arts Salon Host a Well-Versed Diversion at DFAC

The duo also known as Jenni Nance and Lacie Meier are hosting recurring events around the written word at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. In a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife: March

It’s been a rollicking few weeks in the literary world, both around Pinellas and further afield. We have some local contests and awards, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things to Do

March 24 – 30 It’s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County – by which I mean there are only two music festivals. Get outside and make (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 17 – 23 Another week, another top-notch, diverse selection of mind- and soul-expanding opportunities in the land of sunshine. This (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 10 – 16 Hey folks! Some quick housekeeping: We’re experimenting with a new occasional feature highlighting some fringier cultural (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

The Impresssive Artistic Trifecta of Fantastic Ekphrastic

Keep St. Pete Lit’s showcase spotlights collaborative works of visual art, literature and performance. Derived from Greek, ekphrasis (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife | February

In the last few weeks, we’ve had important Florida book awards announced, and some big controversies unfolding on the national literary stage, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

February 24 – March 2 We have a problem, folks. Everything this week is happening Saturday. Or, at least, too much great stuff for one (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 17– 23 It’s spriiiiiiing! At least, spiritually. At least, in Florida. Actually, in Florida, it’s already summer. So no wonder this week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Gentrification Cycles: The Artists

This article is part one of a three-part series in which we explore the perspectives of three groups of people affected by gentrification.   (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

February Arts News Roundup

  It has been an eventful few weeks, and not only because the arts are entwined with the complex, challenging landscape they comment on. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Local Creatives Gain Inspiration and More from Women’s March

Local Artists and Writers Who Participated in the Marches Discuss the Role of Creative Expression and Collaboration in Shaping the Historic Event (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Journey with Infinite Third | An Interview with Billy Mays III

On first blush, composer Infinite Third may evoke the likes of Mogwai or Caspian, but he’s incorporated his own grab bag of unique elements to (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, MUSIC

5 Things To Do

January 27– February 2 Sometimes you get a perfect week – a perfect balance of art, music, and words, all of excellent quality, perfectly strung (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Florida LitLife | January Edition

In national literary news, we, of course, have the announcement of nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, which tapped the likes (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Local Writers Resist Takes Part in a National Cause

All images by Daniel Veintimilla for Creative Pinellas On Sunday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the beginning of President-Elect (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE

Dennis Lehane, the St. Pete Stalwart Behind Ben Affleck’s New Movie

Live By Night, Ben Affleck’s new film about Prohibition-era gangsters in Ybor City, goes into wide release this weekend. But you might not know (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Reading in Paradise

Your Guide to The 2017 Writers in Paradise Reading Series Every year, Eckerd College attracts high-profile writers from around the country to its (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

January 12–19 Does it still feel like the holidays to anyone else? Like you’re just not ready to return to the real world, with all its joy and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 6-January 13 And now, from famine to feast. As the holiday season closes and the New Year kicks off, the Pinellas arts and culture scene (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Florida LitLife | December Edition

This month, I thought we’d expand our coverage of writing and reading in Florida a bit, because, well, there are things other than local books (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Art News Need-to-Know

December saw Golden Globes, Rock and Roll, and some local moves of note.   New Class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New inductees to the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 23-29 The holiday season forces even the hardest-charging of us to put the brakes on, which can be either liberating or uncomfortable. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

A Venture For the Arts

Investor Frank Wells has ventured south of St. Pete’s craft brew hubs and trendy restaurants to start work on a cultural hub — and home (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 9-16 Wow. It’s another absolutely jam-packed week of big names, local and national, doing the big work here in Pinellas County. We’ve (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Pinellas Book Roundup | December Edition

With the gift-giving season upon us, there’s no better time to explore local writers – and get your friends in on the act. Here are a few recent (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

Book News Roundup

Hunter S. Thompson’s Weed, Booker Prize Turmoil, and Other Literary News In an interview with Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, The (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

November 18–24 I hope you’ve got good shoes and some protein bars, because this weekend is PACKED, folks. From Russian folk songs to graphic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

November 11– 17 Whether you’re celebrating victory or nursing your political wounds, at least we’ve all got a little bit of a breather – so why (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Pinellas Book Roundup | November Edition

Brrrrrrr! It’s getting chilly out there, at least for Florida – the perfect time to cuddle up next to a (mostly decorative) fire and get some (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

October 28-November 3 It’s Halloweeeeeeeen! And while Fall may rarely show her true face down here in the tropics, it’s still a time for change, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Arts and Culture With a Dash of Spookiness

Hauntingly Cool Events for Your Pre-Halloween Weekend (and Afterward) Sometimes traditional haunted houses and pumpkin patches don’t hit that (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 21-28 It’s not quite Halloween, but local artists are already gifting us with delirious takes on the spooky, unnerving, weird and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Arts News Need-to-Know

Here at Creative Pinellas, we’ve got our focus trained on arts and culture in our namesake county, but the larger world doesn’t (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC

Pinellas Book Roundup | October Edition

Pinellas County is teeming with writers –some aspiring amateurs, some seasoned professionals – but sometimes they don’t get the attention they (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE

5 Things To Do

October 1 – 7 Welcome to the first installment of our weekly 5 Things to Do event guide. There are already some great comprehensive (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

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