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Featured Speakers



Lawrence R. Broer is a professor emeritus of English at the University of South Florida and the author or editor of eight previous books, including Sanity Plea: Schizophrenia in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut and Hemingway's Spanish Tragedy.

Dr. Broer will be the opening speaker on Thursday, February 27. He will be discussing how he has maintained—and increased—his enthusiasm and passion for teaching. He will also make a separate presentation on his most recent book—Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War. In this original comparative study of Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway, Lawrence R. Broer maps the striking intersections of biography and artistry in works by both writers, and he compares the ways in which they blend life and art. Broer views Hemingway as the "secret sharer" of Vonnegut's literary imagination and argues that the two writers—while traditionally considered as adversaries because of Vonnegut's rejection of Hemingway's emblematic hypermasculinism—inevitably address similar deterministic wounds in their fiction: childhood traumas, family insanity, deforming wartime experiences, and depression . Rooting his discussion in these psychological commonalities between Vonnegut and Hemingway, Broer traces their personal and artistic paths by pairing sets of works and protagonists in ways that show the two writers not only addressing similar concerns, but developing a response that in the end establishes an underlying kinship when it comes to the fate of the American hero of the twentieth century.  Notes are taken from The University of South Carolina Press Web site.



 Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, and has published over 20 books.  His most recent books are Truth and Affection: The Poet's Notebooks (2013), and Lucky Bones (2014), his 8th collection in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series.   In addition toTruth and Affection, the University of Tampa Press has published Lines from Neuchâtel (2009) and The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing & Reading Poems (2012), both illustrated by his wife Jeanne Clark.  

Mr. Meinke will be the featured speaker at the luncheon on Friday, February 28, 2014. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other journals.   His collection of stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award. He and Jeanne collaborate on a bi-weekly column, Poet’s Notebook, for Tampa Bay’s alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing, and a final Tampa connection is his chapbook, Lassing Park (2011)—also illustrated by Jeanne—published by Tampa’s independent Yellow Jacket Press.
Read more: http://www.petermeinke.com