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Readings to Benefit CASA and Wordier Than Thou Bookstore

By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

They will take place at a popular downtown St. Pete location.

ST. PETERSBURG — Here’s one to mark on your calendar: Local authors will read from their work on May 26 at the Wine Madonna, 111 Second Ave. NE, with proceeds marked to help CASA and a soon-to-be bookstore called Wordier Than Thou. The event is 7-8:30 p.m. Donations of $5, $10 or whatever is affordable will be gladly accepted. The Wine Madonna is in the Plaza courtyard, a popular gathering place downtown.

Featured artists:

Melissa Carroll,  a writer and yoga instructor in Tampa. She is the editor of Going OM and the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Karma Machine (YellowJacket Press, 2011) and The Pretty Machine (ELJ Publications, forthcoming). Melissa’s writing has appeared on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Lotus Pond Center, and guides the Sunday class at Curtis Hixon Park with Yoga Downtown Tampa. Learn more at .

Gloria Muñoz is a writer whose experiences include writing for print and online publications, teaching writing at universities and NGOs, and co-directing educational outreach programs with nonprofits serving low-income communities. Gloria’s writing has been honored by the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize, the Bettye Newman Poetry Award, the New York Summer Writer’s Institute Fellowship and the Think Small to Think Big Artist Grant. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a masters in fine arts from the University of South Florida. Gloria is a co-founder of Pitch Her Productions, a nonprofit production company dedicated to the advancement of women in the film industry.

Heather Jones is a writer living and teaching in St. Petersburg.

Anda Peterson has published poetry, essays and feature writing and most recently her spiritual memoir Walks with Yogi, The Enlightenment Experiment. She earned her MFA in Creative writing from Emerson College in Boston where she lived for many years before moving to Florida 12 years ago. She teaches creative and professional Writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and facilitates a Mindfulness and Creative Writing Group. Her website is .

Bryan Zink has been performing for yoga classes and guided meditations since 2012. His music has been included in several recorded meditations, and he has one CD of meditation/relaxation music, titled “Music to Breathe to.” In other genres, Bryan has been the lead guitarist for the reggae/world music band Rocksteady@8 for more than 15 years. He has also contributed to recordings in Tampa Bay and Berkeley, California, and his music has appeared in a locally produced short film. About seven years ago, he began seeking to use his musical skills to contribute to people’s spiritual lives. This led to him writing inspirational music, playing in a small church and making music for yoga and meditation.

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