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Florida Poet Laureate Brings Night of Poetry, Music to Naples

Photo: Peter Meinke
Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke.

Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke is bringing a night of poetry, stories, and song to Naples, accompanied by music from Southwest Florida composer and arranger William Dawson, Jr.

The event, set for Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Naples United Church of Christ, includes works from Meinke and a newly-composed song cycle for soprano, baritone and piano set to the poet's works. Performers include by Naples soprano Steffanie Pearce, the founder of Opera Naples and Gulfshore Opera; baritone Christopher Holloway; opera singer Nadia Marshall; and pianist Richard Bosworth.

Poet Mienke and composer Dawson join Gulf Coast Live to discuss the inspiration for their art, their new collaboration in Naples, and how their poetry and music is informed by Southwest Florida.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.