Milton’s Poet Laureate, Marc Livanos, launched Issue VI of the Blackwater Literary Journal at both the Milton High School and Clyde L. Gracey Community Center. Issue VI is a literary collection of prose and poetry that explores values and sentiments unique to our county. Milton’s Poet Laureate Marc Livanos dealt on the heart of writing poetry, which is the belief that you have the right to feel what you feel.
Dozens of writers and teenagers throughout the county submitted their writings for consideration. The Santa Rosa County Writers’ Guild members Glenda Frazier and Patricia Packett volunteered to critique resident submissions from Gulf Breeze to Milton; students from grades 9-12; and teens from the Community Center’s Poetry Workshop that already had been published on the City’s Blog.
Issue VI was dedicated to Honors English Teacher Leslie Briggs of Milton High School. Ms. Briggs spearheaded the launch with Milton’s Poet Laureate’s imparted words “My advice to poets is to learn to quiet their minds and listen like a musician does. Writing poetry requires the unique belief that you have the right to express and feel what you feel. It is like talking to your soul.” Ms. Briggs receives no compensation for this difficult project and does it out of her love of students.
The publication also featured a Special Acknowledgement to Milton resident Robert Hill, a fifty-year veteran of the airwaves and host of host of Choice 106.9FM and WRNE 980AM. Mr. Hill is a loyal friend of the Poetry Workshop and Mr. Livanos, interviewing him over the years on topics ranging from teaching victims how to make friends to dealing with teens with disabilities.
Milton’s Poetry Laureate also presented the All-County Writer’s Award plaque winners for the best book to Glenda Frazier on “Poems that Bleed” and to student Jeremiah McPherson for his poem “Note to Self.”
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