Arts, Education and Events with a Literary Twist run from April 11-28, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. – (March 28, 2019) – KEEP ST. PETE LIT, a non-profit 501 (c)(3), is proud to bring to Tampa Bay the 5th Annual SunLit Festival. This popular springtime celebration at the intersection of literature and the arts, celebrates and promotes the greater St. Petersburg’s literary community – past, present and future – through approachable and engaging arts, education and events with a literary twist. The SunLit Festival is the literary component to St. Petersburg’s vibrant arts community and runs from April 11 to 28. With wide ranging partners in locations throughout the city, they will a host a kick-off party at the Chihuly Collection on April 11th from 7-9pm.
“The SunLit Festival is a confederation of like-minded literary, cultural, and civic organizations,” said Maureen McDole, Executive Director of KEEP ST. PETE LIT. “SunLit brings together dozens of different organizations and arts disciplines to celebrate literacy, literature, reading, and writing, for over two weeks of ‘Litertainment’ with interesting exchanges and fun events.” McDole founded KEEP ST. PETE LIT because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of literature to change the world. Referring to the mission, she added, “It captures the spirit of Literature representing a moment in time, and as an exploration of our history, an expression of our experiences and of the life that surrounds us. It is a discussion of who we are, how we got that way and what choices we can make to shape our future.”
“St. Pete has the potential to be one of the world’s great literary destinations,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Our Sunshine City has inspired and been a haven for writers and poets and is home to historic and unique bookstores, reading festivals, conferences, and a century-old Carnegie library. The literary arts are just one more reason to live, work, and play in St. Pete.”
The Festival schedule includes 24 events throughout Tampa Bay taking place from April 11-28, 2019. For more information, tickets and festival schedule visit https://sunlitfestival.org
KEEP ST. PETE LIT 5th annual SunLit Festival is proud to partner with:
Chihuly Gallery, Florida CraftArt, Antiquarium Book Fair, Preserve the Burg, USF St. Petersburg, Boyd Hill Preserve, Wordier than Thou, Friends of the Mirror Lake Library, Mark Leib, The Studio@620, Florida Folk Show, Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Women’s Collective, Lector Wine Bar, Gulfport Historical Society, W.O.R.D Initiative, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Behar Peteranecz Architecture, Chad Mize, Mark Leib, Lounge Cat, Hello Darlin’ Records, Peter Meinke, Daddy Kool Records, Tombolo Books, Iberian Rooster, Museum of Fine Arts, The Literacy Council of St. Pete, St. Petersburg Main Library, Kitchen Table Literary Arts, Metta Center St. Pete, UU St. Pete, Florida Chapter of Horror Writers Association, TBBCA, Carousal, Warehouse Arts District and ArtXchange.
Thank you to our sponsors:
City of St. Petersburg, Chihuly Collection, Russell Property Group, Sylvia Rusche, Paradise News, Behar Peteranecz Architecture, J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation, Tampa Bay Times, Mize Gallery, The Factory, Green Bench Brewing Company, Black Crow Coffee Co., Cohen Family, Cecilia Lueza Art Projects, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, and Yann and Susana Weymouth.
To become a sponsor of SunLit Festival, contact Maureen McDole mmcdole@KeepStPeteLit.org or tel: (727) 798-4530