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Published: March 06, 2018

Five University of Tampa Press Poets to Give Reading and Book Arts Studio to Host Open House March 9

On Friday, March 9, The University of Tampa will host a reading by five University of Tampa Press poets beginning at 6 p.m. in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 North Blvd. All five writers will be available to sign books following the reading, which is free and open to the public.

At the event, writers with books in The University of Tampa Press' poetry series will read from their works, including Florida's Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke, who lives in St. Petersburg and American Book Award winner Ira Sukrungruang, who lives in Tampa and teaches at the University of South Florida.

Also reading are Minnesota Book Award winner Richard Terrill, Allen Tate Award winner Bruce Bond and David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize winner Michael Hettich.

Visitors are also invited to stop in at the Tampa Book Arts Studio, 202 North Blvd., which will host an open house from 5:30-8 p.m. The studio's antique printing equipment, handset type and a sampling of work printed on site will be on view, and publications from The University of Tampa Press will be available for sale.

For more information about the event, contact Richard Mathews, director of the University of Tampa Press, at (813) 253-6266 or

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