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2 Questions, 2 Answers with JaxbyJax Literary Festival’s, Darlyn Kuhn


By James Hunter, with The Elysian Art Farm and ArtCityJax.com

Question #1

Of the 24 Writers featured in the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival V, how many are local, or is this a regional event as well?


Our slogan is “Jacksonville writers writing Jacksonville,” so all the writers chosen by the selection committee must have a close connection to the place.  They need to have been born here, live here now, write nonfiction about Jacksonville, or use it as a setting in their poetry or fiction. 

We are happy to boast that the 2018 lineup includes 13 veterans of the four prior festivals, and 11 new faces.  We’re proud of the diversity of this year’s crop of writers as well, with various genres, ethnicities, genders, and ages represented.  The students selected for the showcase are from sponsors FSCJ and UNF, plus Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Question #2

Is there a central hub or starting point; how does this thing work?


There is an event guide you can use on your smartphone at https://www.jaxbyjax.com/event

But here it is in a nutshell: From 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th, we’ll celebrate some of Jacksonville’s talented writing students with a Student Showcase at Women Writing for a Change, 1610 Osceola Street.  Then we’ll take a stroll to the corner of Park and King Streets for the Festival, where from 3-6 p.m. you can select six fifteen-minute readings from a menu of 24 writers at 12 venues close to that intersection.  They’re listed in the event guide alphabetically by the writers’ last names, and also alphabetically by venue.

JaxbyJax Student Showcase

One writer at each venue will read for 15 minutes at the top of the hour, and then have Q&A and sign books, then the second writer will read at half-past the hour for 15 minutes and then have Q & A and sign books.

https://www.yellowhouseart.org/ 577 King St. Jax. Fl

From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., we’ll enjoy an After-Party at Yellow House Art, 577 King Street, featuring light refreshments, flash fiction readings {and poetry by yours truly} by Bridge Eight Press, music by Cementville, and a chance for the authors to meet and greet their fans.

After Party Flash Reading https://www.bridgeeight.com/

From 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., books will be for sale at a popup bookstore staffed by San Marco Books and More at the Whiteway Lobby, 2720 Park Street.

The entire festival is free to attendees, with ample on-street parking. (Donations will be accepted at the after-party to support Yellow House Art.)  We hope to see you there!

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