Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.

Photo: 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.

Photo/images: Lee Bennet Hopkins, Harper Collins

Cape Coral author and poet Lee Bennett Hopkins was inducted in Frebruary into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Ernest Hemingway, and Burt Reynolds. He's be the first such honored artist from Lee County. 

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Kelly Canaday of Naples. She’s a student at Florida Gulf Coast University where she’s majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing.  She’s also co-president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club.  In today’s selection, Canaday draws from the works and style of writers including John Updike, Piers Anthony and Jim Morrison to explore post-modernist themes on the way our minds work and how we perceive reality and meaning.  We began our discussion exploring a bit about the writing process itself and how the audience comes into play in the mind of the writer when first putting pen to paper.

Photo: Steve Johnson via Flickr Creative Commons

Sharing poetry from and about Southwest Florida for more than 15 years, the Sanibel Poetryfest is gathering poets, authors, and writers at the Sanibel Public Library on Monday, Apr. 3.