Arts and culture

Burdie Baker

Mar 18, 2016
Amy Bennett WIlliams

This morning we pay tribute to a man known as the Honorary Mayor of Charleston Park in rural Alva. Burdie Baker was known in the community for his remarkable kindness and his willingness to lend a hand in any way he could to neighbors in need. Burdie died December 23rd of 2015, but his stories and kind words and deeds leave a legacy in the hearts and minds of those who knew him as News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams tells us in this week’s essay.

Suitcase City

Mar 15, 2016


Sterling Watson was the director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg for twenty years. It was there that he shepherded the works of many well-known Florida authors including Dennis Lehane, to whom his writing has been compared. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in several prestigious journals including the “Georgia Review,” “Southern Review,” and the “Michigan Quarterly Review.” Our reviewer Sally Bissell weighs in on his sixth novel, “Suitcase City.” 

Maybelle Stamper

Mar 11, 2016
News-Press Archives

Artist Maybelle Stamper is among the cast of colorful characters that make up Southwest Florida’s history. Stamper was something of a loner, making Captiva Island the perfect place to set down roots in the 1940s. The surreal quality of her lithographs and watercolors have an enigmatic quality just as mysterious as the reclusive woman herself. News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams tells us in this week’s essay that, she managed to live out her life in relative solitude on the subtropical island...with a little help from an impressive roster of friends and admirers.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU

Monday is the last day of black history month, but a local gallery  continues the conversation about Florida’s civil rights history for three more months. The Southwest Florida Museum of History is displaying a traveling exhibit called “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” until June. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. WGCU’s Jessica Meszaros visited the exhibit to take us through the state’s rarely talked about, but rich, black history.

This month’s Versed in Florida poet is Naples born and raised Eddie Krez-MIN-skee. He’s a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to get an M.F.A. in creative writing. His work has previously appeared in Foliate Oak and The Mangrove Review. In his spare time he reads, writes, and plays bass in two bands. His poems have his father in common, as he tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif.