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LitFest – Poetry in the Gardens Kick-Off Event

February 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - February 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

$15 – $30

In partnership with Creative Colloquy, LitFest is the kick-off event for Poetry in the Gardens (formerly the Winter Garden Poetry Series) at Lakewold Gardens. From February 3rd through 5th, LitFest celebrates the South Sound literary arts community by showcasing established and emerging storytellers and poets from across the region. 10 Winners of the Poetry in the Gardens will read their poetry selections which will be featured throughout the garden grounds as an interactive experience.

Come to the soft opening of LitFest on Friday afternoon to buy signed copies of works by our featured authors and stick around for a reading and Q&A session with the authors afterward. On Saturday and Sunday sign up for a storytelling or poetry writing workshop in the morning before more book signings and readings in the afternoon. The 10 winning Garden Poets will read their poetry at the beginning of an evening open-mic session which will close each day.

Sign up for a workshop and share your work at the evening open mic. Meet talented local authors in several genres including YA science fiction, graphic novel, poetry, memoir, essays!

Visit lakewoldgardens.org/gardenpoetry for a full schedule of LitFest activities. Get full weekend access with one ticket! Participants can sign-up for a writing workshop with storytelling master Jackie Fender of Creative Colloquy or a poetry workshop for an additional $15.

Interested in entering the Poetry in the Gardens poetry contest for the chance to win up to $500? There’s still time to enter! The deadline is this Friday, January 6th. Learn the entry requirements and fill out the submission form here or send your entry and questions to gardenpoetry@lakewoldgardens.org.


February 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
February 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
$15 – $30
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