Literary and other arts and cultural circles will intersect during the third annual SunLit Festival, a springtime celebration of literature from April 10 to 25. Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the Festival will a host a kick-off party on April 6 at the Chihuly Gallery from 7-9 p.m.
The Festival schedule is almost complete, and will include 17 events in 20 venues over 16 days. Sunlit will raise the profile of our city, bringing together various literary organizations and arts disciplines to celebrate literacy, literature, reading, and writing.
Event programming will include a Jack Kerouac Celebration with jazz musician David Amram; local writers performing their written work inspired by Museum of Fine Art’s photo collection; literary history walking tours; poetry reading/signing with poet Jane Hirshfield; timed writing “death” matches; short story contests; and a spelling bee supporting literacy.
SunLit will also present kids poetry night hike, a city-wide read/write in, writing workshops, storytelling/improv events, and a book release party for local author and New York Times bestseller, Lisa Unger, and also collaborate with the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.
Keep St. Pete Lit will partner will with the St. Petersburg Art Alliance, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Palladium Theater, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg City Theater, Morean Arts Center, Chihuly Gallery, Haslam’s Book Store, Inkwood Books, AIGA Tampa Bay, Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, Warehouse Arts District, Soft Water Studios, Studio @ 620, St. Petersburg Preservation, Todd Bates Creative, Craftsman House Gallery, Unscripted Theater, Tampa Bay Times, TBT Festival of Reading, Wordier Than Thou, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Friends of Main Library St. Pete, Behar + Peteranecz Architecture, Friends of the Mirror Lake Library, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, First Draft Tampa, Black Crow Coffee Roasting, and Calusa Press for the 2017 SunLit Festival.
For more information and schedule visit www.sunlitfestival.org
KEEP ST. PETE LIT celebrates and promotes greater St. Petersburg’s literary community – past, present and future – through arts, education and events with a literary twist. We are readers, writers and lovers of words who strive to bring an approachable, engaging literary component to St. Petersburg’s vibrant arts community.