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Orlando’s poet laureate, Shawn Welcome, will be the featured speaker at the Ilyse Kusnetz Writing Festival at Valencia College on March 3.

Welcome will be among the writers reading their work at the festival. Originally known as the Winter Park Writer’s Festival, the festival has been renamed in honor of the late Valencia College writing professor and award-winning poet Ilyse Kusnetz

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to submit writing to be included in our festival, The festival -- which will be held in person and via Zoom -- will accept all kinds of word-based art, including prose, poetry, audio recordings, video performances, and visual arts.

This year’s live event will feature readings from your submissions. Interested writers, please email any questions and your submissions to Professor Chris Brown at

Learn more about the festival here. 

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