On Saturday September 11 at 7:00 p.m. the Ancient City Poets will offer a showcase of the our local St. Johns County poets as part of the Sing out Loud events scheduled in September. The event is FREE to attend.

Several poets will be at the Art Studio in St. Augustine Beach making original presentation including Cassandra DeGraff, Michael Henry Lee, Colleen Jones, Jamie Lynn Stanish, Kimmy Van Kooten, Robert Waldner, Lee Weaver, and Tonn Pastore. Ben Atkinson will emcee. At 8:00 p.m. the mike will be open for new poem presentations.

The Ancient City Poets are a loosely knit patchwork of poets who have been gathering for monthly open mic poetry readings in St. Augustine on the last Sunday of each month, since August of 2009.

In March of last year when the world was hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, they morphed into an online open mic happening, through zoom. Thanks to this technology, their readings were viewed internationally on Facebook Live. Edited versions of the gatherings are posted on their YouTube Channel.

Their open microphone series offers poets of all skill levels an opportunity to share their poems with a loving and supportive audience. Month after month, poets new and seasoned, young and old, prove that poetry is alive in the Nation’s Oldest City.

Ancient City Poets currently gather inside at Kookaburra Coffee-Dondi located on Dondanville Road in St. Augustine Beach, Florida (4265 A1A South). Their Sunday, September 26th reading will be the official local observation of the global event: “100 Thousand Poets for Change.”