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Firehouse Cultural Center kicks off 2013 Spring Literary Series

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image Fiction author Jeff Parker. Photo courtesy of the Firehouse Cultural Center.

Each evening in the literary series will feature a reading, question and answer time, book sales and author signings.

By Mitch Traphagen

Local poet and author Melanie Hubbard will kick off the 2013 Spring Literary Series at the Firehouse Cultural Center with a poetry reading tonight, Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Hubbard’s poems, articles and essays have appeared in a wide variety of national publications.

The series will also include readings from fiction author Jeff Parker, author of the novel Ovenman, on April 4. Parker is currently the Director of the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Tampa. His upcoming book, Igor in Crisis: A Russian Journal, will be published by Harper Collins.

Fiction writer Marcus Pactor will appear at the cultural center on April 25 and will read from his short story collection Vs. Death Noises. His stories have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Conte, and elsewhere. Pactor currently teaches writing at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Each evening in the literary series will feature a reading, question and answer time, book sales and author signings. On Thursday night, Hubbard will entertain the audience with readings from her poetry as well as from her current book project on Emily Dickinson, for which she was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A Ruskin resident since 1997, Hubbard is not only a poet and an author, she has also published travel and opinion articles, personal essays, and is an educator and a board member of the SouthShore Arts Council. She received her PhD in English from Columbia University in 1998.

In addition to the Spring Literary Series, the Firehouse Cultural Center will also host an Adult Improvisation Workshop on Thursday, March 29. The event is sponsored by the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and is free of charge. Space is limited.

And in May, Connie May Fowler, a novelist, poet and screenwriter, will take her place as the next Artist in Residence at the center.

Although the schedule at the cultural center is heating up, those participating in the many events can look forward to cooling down in the newly air-conditioned theater.

For further information, call 813-645-7651 or visit the cultural center’s website at www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.

The Firehouse Cultural Center is  located at 101 First Avenue NE, just off the southeast corner of Shell Point Road and U.S. Highway 41 in Ruskin.

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