Welcome to the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation
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Sean Sexton to maintain position as Poet Laureate of Indian River County

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On Tuesday, October 14, the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation's selection of Sean Sexton as Indian River Poet Laureate was officially proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners. Sean is a mainstay in poetry locally, in the state, and nationally. He has done more to generate interest and support for poets and their work than anyone in our community, and in doing so, he has truly put Vero Beach on the map in the literary world. Click here to learn more about Sean.

Song of the South with Cathy Smith Bowers and Sean Sexton

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Thursday, October 29, 7PM EDT: Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Cathy Smith Bowers (2012-2014) and cowboy poet Sean Sexton team up for a reading they are calling "Song of the South".

Register for free here!

Announcing Our First Book Publication!

In the Quarantined Room: Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience in Indian River County, FL 2020

"This contest provided a powerful opportunity to feel deeply into the changes COVID-19 was catalyzing. Being able to express ourselves through writing is such a gift. This was the perfect invitation to do just that." - Jennifer Hawthorne, one of our winning poets

Secure your book copy or copies for $10* each by clicking here:

Purchase Book(s) Here

This is a limited edition run. We will save your copy or copies as soon as they become available. We hope to have them in hand in the first week of August. Copies will be available at the Writing Center 1914 14th Avenue and at the Vero Beach Book Center.

* there is an additional 52 cent fee per book to cover our PayPal costs. If you want a copy shipped to you, we will let you know the shipping costs. Thank you!

Our Featured Poets

Carol Frost reads her poem "City by the Sea"

Find out more about Carol Frost and our other Featured Poets here

WQCS interview

Listen to the wonderful WQCS interview with Tania Ortega-Cowan about our poetry competition. You'll hear some of our winning poets read their poems.

Listen Here

Weed Warriors!

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We're going to gather our gloves and gardening hoes and weed Laura's garden! Join us at 8am every other Tuesday beginning September 29 at Laura's historic home for some wholesome distanced exercise as we clean up Laura's garden. We are the Weed Warriors!

 

Visits to the home have been suspended indefinitely

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Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm or by appointment
Suggested donation $5 per person

Click for information

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Preserving The Past, Writing The Future

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OUR MISSION:

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is dedicated to preserving the author's home and nurturing local writers through a series of literary offerings including writers groups, summer camps, workshops and poetry festivals.

FDACS Registration Number: CH62847

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-
7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE."

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Save The Historic House

Please Help Support the Literary Programs That Nurture Passion for Writing

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is dedicated to preserving the author's home and nurturing local writers through a series of literary offerings including writers groups, summer camps, workshops and poetry festivals.

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