SCF to Celebrate National Poetry Month at Poetry Reading April 17

(Bradenton, Fla., April 11, 2013) — In celebration of National Poetry Month, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a poetry reading from 4 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the library at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 8. A reception will follow the poetry reading.

Featured authors include recently published poets Dr. Len Blanchard, SCF adjunct instructor, and Benito Pastoriza Iyodo.

Blanchard will read from his recently published work, “People Matter: Sarasota Portraits and Others,” a collection of poems that elevates people over money and power. Blanchard also is author of “An American Passion: An Account of the Killing of Crazy Horse, War Chief of the Ogala Lakota Sioux,” an epic poem on Crazy Horse’s life and assassination, and “Provocations of the Birds and the Beach,” a collection of poems celebrating marine life on the Florida coast.

Bradenton resident Blanchard has a Ph.D. in English from Emory University.

Pastoriza Iyodo, a native of Puerto Rico, will read from his recent multilingual book, “Prostíbulo de la Palabra,” which means “Brothel of the Word.” The collection refers to two aspects of society that are not usually linked: the brothel, which is associated with prostitution, and the word, a communication tool. The title engenders curiosity about how the poet will interconnect the two.

The book also includes an introduction and English translations by Bradley Warren Davis, SCF associate vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness. At the poetry reading, Pastoriza Iyodo will read his poems in Spanish, and Davis will read the translation.

Pastoriza Iyodo's other works include seven books of fiction and poetry. His short stories, poems, essays and interviews also have been published in journals and anthologies in the United States, Spain, Australia and Latin America. His literary works are written in Spanish, and three are now available in bilingual format. He has won numerous literary awards for his poems and short stories including the Chicano-Latino Literary Prize.

At the reception, authors will have a selection of their works and ordering information available.

For more information, call the SCF library at 941-752-5305. Maps and directions are online at

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