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A Bit of Poetic Covid-19 Comfort

Visit the Academy of American Poets for the "Poem-a-Day Series" in honor of National Poetry Month in April 2020

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Poetry and BBQ Sunday, April 5, 2020 has been canceled because of Covid-19.


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

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LRJF Names Louise Kennedy as Executive Director

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has named Louise Kennedy to its newly created position of Executive Director which becomes effective July 5, 2020. “After completing a milestone move of the Laura (Riding) Jackson historic home to its new location on the Mueller campus on Indian River State College, we felt it is time to step up our Foundation initiatives and enhance what we can provide to our community,” said Marie Stiefel, President of Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation. Stiefel added, “once our Board made the decision to create this new position to lead us in the coming years, Louise Kennedy was a natural choice.”

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Cathy Bowers

Poetry Workshop


Poet Laureate of North Carolina Cathy Smith Bowers will work with students to craft their inner poems.

Ms. Bowers is one of the featured poets at the Poetry and BBQ on Sunday, April 5. This is an amazing opportunity for students to work in a small group with a nationally recognized poet.

FREE for high school students!


Poetry: Finding Your Voice


Host: Steve Bradbury, poet, translator, veteran editor and teacher in colleges, here and abroad

Poetry is a marriage of sound and sense, and reading aloud can be a powerful device for refining verse and finding one’s voice: one’s style and persona. In this lively, informal workshop Bradbury will demonstrate ways to polish a poem and bring it alive through word choice and cadence. Participants are invited to submit a short poem for review.


Preserving The Past, Writing The Future



The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the historic home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word. A primary mission is to preserve the 1910 homestead of Laura (Riding) Jackson both as an example of environmentally sensitive FLorida architecture and as a valued emblem of her significant contributions made in a life devoted to language and literature.

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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 this home and nurturing local writers through a series of literary offerings including writers groups, summer camps, workshops and poetry festivals.

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