• 3rd Annual Fantastic Ekphrastic by Keep St. Pete Lit February 24 and 25, 2017

    Live Performances of Plays, Poetry and Prose Inspired by Visual Art

    Keep St. Pete Lit is elated that Fantastic Ekphrastic is now celebrating its third year at Soft Water Studios with Bob Devin Jones directing. It’s an experience that has riveted audiences for two years in a row.

    “Ekphrastic” is from a Greek word that means a ‘written commentary on a visual work of art.’

    At Fantastic Ekphrastic, a fundraiser for non-profit literary arts organization Keep St. Pete Lit, local actors perform poetry, prose and plays inspired by the artwork on display.

    Keep St. Pete Lit’s Maureen McDole explains the unique event. “There is nothing like seeing a writer’s work come to life, while also viewing the artwork that inspired it. It’s a totally visceral experience and every performance is different.”

    The Fantastic Ekphrastic artists are local photographers, painters and sculptors. The writing comes from crafters of fiction, journalists, poets and playwrights.

    “I had a strong desire to merge the visual and literary arts in a collaborative environment,” adds McDole. “By adding the performance aspect, we create a dynamic interdisciplinary experience.”

    Tickets are $25 and on sale at keepstpetelit.org. All proceeds help Keep St. Pete Lit promote the vibrant local literary arts community, including low-cost writing classes at the Morean Art Center, LitSpace Writers Residency program in April, SunLit Literary Festival, a used bookstore at Morean Art Center, an upcoming kids summer writing camp and much more. Find out more at keepstpetelit.org.

    When: Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25

    Two shows each night, at 5:30 pm and 8 pm

    Doors open at 4:30 pm

    Where: Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg

    Cost: Tickets are $25 and on sale at keepstpetelit.org

    Contact: Maureen McDole, President of Keep St. Pete Lit, keepstpetelit@gmail.com


    2017 Fantastic Ekphrastic Artists and Writers:

    Julia Polonyi/ Adrien Julious

    Stacy Jo DeMott / Jeremiah Khokhar

    Kim Radatz / Lisa Luella Kirchner

    Bob Canning/ Joe Hamilton

    Zulu Painter/ Jalessa Blackshear

    D YaeL Kelley/ Elizabeth Brincklow

    Ryan Michel/ Sheila Cowley

    John Pendygraft/ Brooks Peters

    Mark Mitchell/ Lisa Spencer

    Laine Nixon/ Sabrina Dalla Valle

    Marc Levasseur/ Nathan Van Coops

    Jenipher Chandley/ Tracy Kennard

    Josh Poll, collaboration with Dave Walker Glass, Daddy O Glass/ Jon Kile

    Ya’ La Ford/ Matt Cowley

    Mike Elwell/ Scott Harrell

    Duncan McClellan/ Heather Sellers



    Lisa Powers Tricomi

    Erica Sutherlin

    Mark Aeling

    Mimi Rice

    Rich Rice

    Bob Heitman

    Janet Keeler

    Angela Bond

    Sabrina Dalla Valle


    Directed by Bob Devin Jones

    Many thanks to our 2017 Sponsors: Sylvia Rusche Insurance Agency, Inc, J. Clayton Pruitt Foundation, Soft Water Studios, The Studio@620, Creative Loafing Tampa, Uncommon Legal, P.A.,The Hubbard Family, Beth Morean, Black Crow Coffee Co, Independent Bar St.Petersburg, Jon and Monica Kile, Haslam’s Book Store Inc, Minuteman Press of St. Petersburg, FL , Russell Property Group, Fisher And Sauls, P.A., Maria “DR MO” Pertik, RN., Ph.D. Read and Write on!

    Art featured in poster: “White Raven Speaks – the Second Horizon” by D YaeL Kelley