“Write On!” All About JaxbyJax, the Local Writing Festival

On Saturday, November 11, JaxbyJax will take over King St. in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. This annual festival is yet another reason to get out of the house and walk around historic riverside, but what is JaxbyJax exactly?

The annual JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival is a way for people to come and listen to the works of local Jacksonville writers at fine local venues, and is free for everyone to enjoy.

There are 28 authors sharing their work over a dozen venues, such as Beer:30 and Il Desco.

The start of JaxbyJax will also have student works as part of their presentation, including Florida State College at Jacksonville’s own Elise Duncan showing their work. (A list of student and other writers and their bios, as well as locations and times can be found at https://www.fscj.edu/jaxbyjax.)

The event will start at 1:30 pm with the Student Showcase. At 3:00 pm, the main event will kick off all along King St. and Park St, in the heart of riverside. The readings are staged in 30-45 minute increments, and are strategically placed for the event goers to navigate from venue to venue with ease. Those who attend the event have the opportunity to change venues, between readings, to ensure they can attend the readings of their choice. The writer events will go until 6pm, then the afterparty will kickoff at the CoRK Art District until 9:00 pm. The exact locations and times for the individual authors will be listed below, and can be found on the JaxbyJax website, as well as a downloadable map for the event.

This is the third event for the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival, and last year the event brought out over 750 people down to Riverside to share the experience of almost 30 writers that had been scheduled.

Tim Gilmore is the head organizer for JaxbyJax, and is a professor here at FSCJ. In an interview with Kara Pound for Folio Weekly (“The Write Stuff”), he said that the idea for the event came in 2014.

“When I asked several of my colleagues, friends, and fellow writers to help me consider how we might put on an event that demonstrated to Jacksonville that this city has a strong literary voice. An event that, if Jacksonville chose to listen, would knock it off its feet. Several other people in town were already thinking similar thoughts” Gilmore said.

Come support Jacksonville and its local authors, and be a part of what is becoming a Jacksonville tradition.

Below is the line up for this years JaxbyJax… this information can be found on the official JaxbyJax website.

Venue and Schedule Guide 

Student Showcase- Il Desco, 2665 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Student Writers:

Ruben Adkins, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Jaclyn Berry, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Gabriel Bugarin, University of North Florida;Elise Duncan, Florida State College at Jacksonville; Natalie Filaroski, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Gabrielle LoSchiavo, University of North Florida; Forest Peyton, University of North Florida; Michael Pons, University of Florida; Keiona Wallace, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Lindsay Yarn, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Main Event

Beer:30, A Craft Beer Emporium, 1271 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Sean Smith, “Restoration: Riverside Stories” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Bill Ectric, “Small Town Paranormal” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Buckland House at Riverside Avondale Preservation, 2623 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Barbara Colaciello, “I Majored in Men” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Thony Aiuppy, “How I Got Woke” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Cool Moose Coffee Company, 2708 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Tim Gilmore, “The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Andres Rojas, “Time is on the Prowl and History is Nowhere Near Sated” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Flaire Celebrations, 2762 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Darlyn Kuhn, “Place as Character: Jacksonville During the Vietnam War in the Novel Sewing Holes” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Lynn Skapyak Harlin, “Lady Trucker Poems” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Il Desco, 2665 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Liz Gibson, “Heaviest is the Head that Wears the Cripplest Crown” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Jeff Whipple, “MoonPie” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Jacksonville Magazine, 1261 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Abel Harding, “Blue: A Story of a Father and a Son” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Chris Gabbard, “Reading from a Memoir: A Very Easy Birth: Medical Errors as Metaphor” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Nourish Juice Café, 1510 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Fred Dale, “A Good Walk: Poems of Ambulation with a Rat or Owl Thrown in for Good Measure” (3 and 4:30 p.m.)
Yvette Angelique, “Complicated Truths: A Woman Emerging as Leader of Her Whole Life” (3:30 and 5 p.m.)
Donna Cobis, “Florida Dreamscape” (4 and 5:30 p.m.)

Riverside Liquors, 1251 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jennifer Chase, “Renunciant” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Teri Youmans Grimm, “The Natural, The Unnatural, The Supernatural” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Southern Roots Filling Station, 1275 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Ash Kemker, “Dark and Moonpale: Short and Flash Works, Including Uber Stories” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Laura Hoffman, “Modern Confessional Poems” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Superhero Hive, 2724 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Matt Lany, “A. Violet: A Horror Poem” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Katherine Espano, “The Sky’s Dustbin and New Poems” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health, 1506 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jeanine Hoff, “Laughing in the Face of Mental Illness” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Susan D. Brandenburg, “A Stetson Kennedy Reader” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

True-Blue: A Hair Studio, 2663 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Claire Goforth, “Irredeemable” (3 and 4:30p.m.)
Tricia Booker, “When You Need a Dog to Raise Your Kid” (3:30 and 5 p.m.)
Terri Mashour, “Snakes, Spiders, Fire, Cowboys and Ranchers: A Guide to Hiking the Florida Backcountry and Working in the Woods” (4 and 5:30 p.m.)

Whiteway Corner Conference Room, 2720 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Sohrab Fracis, “Scenes from the Novel Go Home” (3, 4 and 5 p.m.)
Howard Denson, “Scottish Immigrants and Indians in Georgia and Alabama” (3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)

Afterparty & Book Signing

CoRK Arts District, 603 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Join us for live music, book sales and to connect with JaxbyJax featured writers.

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