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Poetry LocalMic is a series that presents the best of Sarasota’s local poets.

John Foster, Educated at Yale, Middlebury College and the Sorbonne,

is an award-winning author of four poetry collections. He was appointed a national poetry judge by the NFSPS in 2013 and he is an awards reader for the Florida State Poets Association for which he has given numerous workshops. Foster is a member of Sarasota’s Selby Poets and founder of the Southshore Poets group in Sun City Center.

Mary Lovasco and her husband moved to Sarasota, Florida almost two years ago from Oakland County, Michigan. Former owner of a 20 year Fitness & Nutrition business, Mary chose to get out of the gym and cold environment to immerse herself into the simple joys of her childhood interests. Running outdoors, swimming, and writing provide opportunities for her to listen to her inner voice all while nature provides the canvas of her poetry.

Kurt Landefeld has read his poetry in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is the author of Jack’s Memoirs: Off the Road, a novel imagining what the Beat writer Jack Kerouac would have done with his life had he not died in St. Petersburg in 1969. He is also the co-founder of an award-winning children’s book publishing company, VanitaBooks, located in Akron, Ohio.

An invited author to the 2015 Ohioana Book Festival, he is currently teaching a course on Kerouac and the Beats at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy in Sarasota.

Landefeld spent his professional career in advertising working for agencies in Toledo, Akron and Cleveland as copywriter and creative director. Since 2001 he has been the owner of Landefeld Communications.

He was born in San Francisco and raised in northern Ohio. He is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He also did graduate studies at the University of Toledo.

Landefeld lives with his wife, Carol, in Bradenton.

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