Poetry By The Sea performance featuring Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes

PAFA is excited to partner with Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference to present a three part series featuring a range of poets from across the globe.

Inagurated in May of 2015 by founder Kim Bridgford, Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference was created in the spirit of beginning afresh. This year's conference will be held May 24 through May 28, 2016, and will literally take place by the sea, in an awe-inspiring landscape, and at Mercy by the Sea, a beautiful retreat center. This choice of meeting ground signifies how all of us are connected to each other and inspired by one another, whatever our poetic starting point, as we meet in a place of mercy and artistic grace in our shared goal of excellence.

For the third event in this three part series, PAFA is pleased to host writers Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes.

Terri Witek is the author of Body Switch (2016), Exit Island (2012); The Shipwreck Dress (2008), a Florida Book Award winner; The Carnal World (2006), Fools and Crows (2003), Courting Couples (winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest), and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (1993). A native of northern Ohio, she teaches English at Stetson University, where she holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing. In 2000, she received the McInery Award for Teaching, and in 2008, she received the John Hague Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the liberal arts and sciences.  For more on Terri Witek, click here.

Cyriaco Lopes and his work have appeared at the National Museum of Fine Arts, The Museums of Modern Art in Rio and Salvador and the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP). In the U.S., his work has been seen at The Contemporary Art Museums in Baltimore and Saint Louis, at El Museo and at Apexart in NYC and also in art institutions in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Chile, andPortugal. Since 2009 it was seen in Guent, Nantes, Belfast, Florianópolis, Reykjavik and Genoa. His work has been curated by such artists as Lygia Pape, Janine Antoni, and Luciano Fabro, as well as by art critics such as Paulo Herkenhoff. For more on Cyriaco Lopes, click here.

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