Writing and Poetry

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Maitland Public Library regularly sponsors writing and poetry programs.


Poetry Coffeehouse

Join us for an open-mic night. You are invited to read an original poem of your own or just sit back and enjoy.

Poetry during the first hour is typically suitable for poets of all ages. After the midpoint, some poems may have adult themes not suitable for all listeners.

Upcoming Poetry Coffeehouse Nights: 

Annual Poetry Contest & Coffeehouse Awards Night:

The annual Poetry Contest is held each year, with entries collected in March and the winners announced at the April Poetry Coffeehouse Night. 

2024 Poetry Awards Coffeehouse Night:

Annual Poetry Contest

Unleash your creativity and join our annual poetry contest! Submit your poem by April 1 for a chance to win great prizes. This contest is open to all ages, and winners will receive cash prizes sponsored by our wonderful Friends of the Library

The 2024 theme is… Dreams & Dragons.

The submission period for poems has ended; please consider entering next year. The theme will be announced at the January Coffeehouse and the submission window will open March 1.

Winners were announced at the Poetry Coffeehouse, Friday, April 26, 2024, at 6:30 pm.

Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you to everyone who entered a poem in the youth and adult categories. Special thanks to the Friends of the Maitland Public Library for sponsoring prizes for our winners.

List of 2024 Winners

Writing Workshops

Elaine Person leads an adult writing workshop to improve your poetry and prose. The workshop is held monthly on the third Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with additional sessions throughout the year. Upcoming workshop dates can be found on our calendar.

Maitland Writers Group

(subsidiary of the Florida Writers Association)

As the local chapter for the Florida Writers Association, the MWG meets monthly so that writers can help writers. Meetings often feature a presenter as well as the opportunity for members to improve their writing. Meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This program is presented by a community group and is neither sponsored or endorsed by MPL.

Florida State Poets Association

The Orlando Area Poets, the local chapter of the Florida State Poets Association, meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your poetry for some peer criticism and become both a better and more involved poet! This program is presented by a community group and is neither sponsored nor endorsed by MPL.