September General Meeting

Venus Jones headshot - Version 2Lyrics for Langston
She Rose
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Venus Jones, accomplished author, actress, performance poet, and peace advocate, will speak to the Tampa Writers Alliance at the Carrollwood Barnes and Noble, 11802 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618.
Venus earned her BA in Business Communications at The University of Akron and her MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Spoken Vizions, San Francisco Peace and Hope and Whirlwind Magazine.  She also contributed work to anthologies including: How I Freed My Soul, A Time to Rhyme, and A Generation Defining Itself.
Her books include Lyrics for Langston (endorsed by the Langston Hughes Family Museum) & She Rose: on a journey from girl to Goddess. Using She Rose. Venus also leads  writing and presentation workshops that promote empowerment in young women and girls.
A former MTV correspondent, Venus opened for Def Poetry on Broadway, and was a slam finalist at the Austin International Poetry Festival. As an accomplished model and actress, Venus has worked on feature films and starred in countless commercials and print ads. Ms. Jones also has a popular app that promotes Kwanzaa internationally.
Venus is versatile, inspiring people of diverse ages, backgrounds and faiths. Her favorite quote is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” She currently nurtures students while coordinating cultural events at Eckerd College. Visit www.venusjones.com

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Carrollwood Barnes & Noble
11802 Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618.

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TBTFestival Please join us Saturday, October 24th for the 23rd annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Location:  140 Seventh Avenue South at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg

To our members interested in selling their books/music at the festival:

If you are a current, dues-paying member of Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc., and would like to spend some time in our booth to sell to the public, please coordinate with us by emailing us at events@tampawriters.org.

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