Orlando composers join poet Ariel Francisco for an evening of Floridian creativity at Timucua Arts


  • Photo by Gesi Schilling
Originally scheduled for April, Florida poet Ariel Francisco's book release party here in Orlando – with a musical twist – is back on for Tuesday night.

Pairing Francisco reading from his Miami-suffused newish book on Burrow Press, A Sinking Ship Is Still A Ship, with voice/piano pieces by local composers from Central Florida Composers Forum – including Bob Walker Jr, Rebekah Todia, Keith Lay, Charlie Griffin and Erik Branch – written with the words on these very pages in mind, this will surely be a very unique and Florida-centric event. Feel free to pick Francisco's brain during the Q&A afterwards.

Booklist praises Sinking as a "shimmering second collection of poetry [depicting] South Florida as hopelessly doomed, in all its pre-apocalyptic glory." We're feeling the same about the whole state of Florida right about now, so, perfect.

A Sinking Ship Is Still A Ship happens Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. There are a very limited number of in-person tickets available for purchase and – great news – this event can also be viewed as a ticketed livestream on Timucua's website.

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