Event Spotlight: Dream Garden
Introduction by Matt Roberts + Terri Witek
Dream Garden is a site-specific project by artist Matt Roberts (Associate Professor of Digital Arts, Stetson University), poet Terri Witek (Professor of English, Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing, Stetson University) and Michael Branton (Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science) to gather, graft and nurture a city’s dreams.
Each time a city dweller texts a 7-word dream (a poetic form moving private experience into public space), that dream automatically joins others both in a “garden”
(a designated physical location in the city, in this case
Flagler College’s West Lawn) and online at
www.inthedreamgarden.com. The project shows how some community resources – like citizens’ dreams – can inhabit and expand a space without wounding it, colonizing it, or wasting natural resources. As a political space it's urban renewal and greening without displacement. As a philosophical space, it suggests that dreaming together may change a city and even a country. As a community garden, it suggests that our dreams aren’t wasted – they are growable, transplantable, and in the poetic space of the project, both virtual and real.
This project is in conjunction with the Other Words Conference, coordinated by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, convening at Flagler College from November 3-5, 2016.
Photo Credit: Matt Roberts
Other Words Conference update
An update following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
First of all, we hope that you, our friends, did not suffer too much damage in the wake of Hurricane
The beautiful town of St. Augustine was hit hard, but it is up and running. The conference organizers are contacting local bayfront hotels to ensure they will be open in time. However, there are many that were not affected by the storm. We will keep you posted.
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition was made aware from Flagler College that it had experienced some flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Matthew. Thankfully, the college has been cleaned up and has since reopened. Due to the hard work and dedication of Flagler College, its students, local residents, and the disaster relief team, the Other Words Literary Conference will proceed as planned! The conference begins Thursday, November 3rd and will run until the following Saturday, November 5th, 2016.
Thank you and see you soon,
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Welcome to the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Florida's voice for independent literary magazines, publishers, & writers. Founded in 2004 by Anhinga Press, Fiction Collective 2, and the University of Tampa Press, the Florida Literary Arts Coalition is a nonprofit network of writers, teachers, editors, publishers, and sympathetic institutions collaborating to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is also a founding co-sponsor of the Florida Book Awards.
Be sure to check NEWS for recent announcements and conference photos. And check out the FLAC News Blog for up-to-date news and comments, as well as a list of literary writers touring the state on our Florida Writers' Circuit. You can also visit FLAC on Facebook.
2014 Other Words Photo Gallery
Photos courtesy of Michael Macdonald.