Dreams in the New Century

By Gary Mormino. Tierra Verde may have marked the most dramatic chapter in the high-stakes dredge-and-fill derby. The project was so immense that the New York Times announced the audacious plans to build a city on 15 uninhabited keys on Boca Ciega Bay – and Guy Lombardo touted this swank Pinellas destination while touring…. Read More

A Tale of Self-Discovery 

By L.L. Kirchner. I heard of Kali before I saw her image. “Kali is the goddess of divine transformation,” boomed my yoga philosophy teacher. “Beware of following Kali,” came the next words from my teacher’s mouth. “She will destroy your life.”… Read More

Exploring Protest Poetry

By Yuki Jackson. Across cultures and time, poetry has been intertwined with protest. The elements of protest – using the voice towards progressive change – often align with the purpose and structure of poetry…. Read More

Back to School with Takeya Trayer

By Jennifer Ring. At work, Takeya Trayer encourages kids to tell their own stories, teaching animation camps for kids. Outside of work, she tells her own. The children’s book, “My Mommy is My Daddy” is Trayer’s way of introducing her nontraditional family to the world…. Read More

Banned Books Club for Kids

The African American Heritage Association announced the “I Love Banned Books” book club, which aims to combat educational censorship, will take place at St. Pete’s Tombolo Books starting in October. The book club is designed for children in the 1st through 12th grades and … Read More

Community Conversations Tackles Book Banning

By Frank Drouzas. “Books are the tools that we use to make sense of the world,” says educator Nikki Hill, adding that children will be deprived of profound literature with ongoing book bans. Lenice Emanuel says books are being banned in schools “because they understand that there’s power in knowledge.”… Read More

The Enigmatic Poet Fernando Pessoa

By Margo Hammond. Lisbon is now considered the capital of cool, but its most famous resident is a nerdy poet born there in 1888. Fernando Pessoa was a surrealist before there were even Surrealists. Much of the work he penned was attributed not to Pessoa, but to at least 72 alter egos … Read More

Manga and Poetry

By Yuki Jackson. I recently held a manga and comic book-based poetry workshop at St.Pete’s Tombolo Books. It was an effort to connect and share the efforts of The Battleground, a youth program I founded, with the wider Tampa Bay community…. Read More


By Ralph Wimbish. Anyone familiar with the history of St. Petersburg should know how important my parents, Ralph and Bette Wimbish, were in the fight against segregation. Restaurants, theaters, public restrooms, beaches, swimming pools, schools and hospitals were integrated by 1967, the year my dad died at the age of 45…. Read More

The Art of Mystery

By Margo Hammond. Swain’s readers may come at first to meet James Swain, the writer of 24 mystery novels. But, like me, they leave magic aficionados, blown away by his eye-popping free weekly magic show…. Read More

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