SCF to Host Poetry Jam April 12

(Bradenton, Fla., April 5, 2012) — In celebration of National Poetry Month, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host the third annual Poetry Jam at 4 p.m., on Thursday, April 12, in the Library at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The event is free and open to the public.

SCF faculty and staff members who will read excerpts from their original poetry and translations include Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Debra Gingerich, assistant director of public affairs and marketing; Brad Davis, associate vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness; Dr. Carole Cole, professor, language and literature; Jeff Grieneisen, assistant professor, language and literature; Dr. Len Blanchard, adjunct instructor, language and literature; and David Anson, adjunct instructor, language and literature.

SCF students from creative writing and poetry classes also will participate.

Below is more information about the published authors:

•SCF Vice President of Academic Quality and Success Dr. Jack Crocker’s first collection of poetry, “The Last Resort,” was published by Texas Review Press in February 2009. His poems range widely, capturing for example his childhood in the Mississippi Delta, his golf game, fascination for his then 2-month-old daughter, Jessi, and reflections on the making of poems. His poems also have been anthologized in “The Texas Anthology,” “Mississippi Writers,” “Reflections on Childhood,” “Texas Stories and Poems” and “Florida in Poetry.”

•Bradley Warren Davis, SCF associate vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness, wrote an introduction and translated a newly released bilingual edition of poetry, “September Elegies,” by Benito Pastoriza Iyodo. His introduction explores the author’s broad use of the elegy to portray ecological fragility, evolving urban life, geopolitical challenges, and society’s increasing marginalization of individuals. The book was recently reviewed by the “Library Journal.” In addition, Davis has translated short stories from another book written by Pastoriza Iyodo, which appear in a bilingual edition titled, “A Matter of Men.”

•Debra Gingerich, assistant director of public affairs and marketing, is author of “Where We Start,” published by Cascadia Publishing House in March 2007. Gingerich draws upon her Mennonite culture as well as her husband’s upbringing in the former Yugoslavia to explore the tensions between individual identity and community loyalty, along with the sharp turns of any life’s migration. Her poem, "To My Yugoslavian In-Laws," was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, a public radio program of poetry and history. Gingerich also won the John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award that recognizes creative artists in Sarasota County.

•Jeff Grieneisen, SCF assistant professor, language and literature, is author of “Good Sumacs,” published by Mammoth Books in Summer 2011. Grieneisen is founding editor of Florida English, a literary journal published by the nonprofit organization Florida English Inc. with support from Florida College English Association.

Dr. Carole Cole, SCF professor, language and literature, has published poetry in Florida in Poetry, Kalliope, Brookstick, Sarasota Review, and Women Studies Quarterly. She was advisor for Pentangle for ten years, and is now the advisor for Literary Guild, the new students' writers club.

• Dr. Len Blanchard, adjunct instructor, language and literature, has written “An American Passion,” published in 2001 and newly released by Author House this year. The literary work is an epic poem on the life and killing of Crazy Horse, a legendary war chief of the Oglala Lakota Sioux narrated by his father, a close warrior friend, his wife and the woman he loved. Another book, “Provocations of the Birds and the Beach,” published in 2005 by Bellowing Ark Press, is a collection of poems and meditations inspired by Florida’s beaches from Key West to Anna Maria Island. It is available at

For more information, contact Kirsty Beauchamp, SCF reference librarian, at 752-5305 or Maps and directions are online at




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