Hope at Hand calling for love poems


Hope at Hand is issuing an invitation community-wide to adults 18 and older for original love poems. The organization wants to hear about love lost, love won, past love, love yet to come or any facet of love that stirs your heart.

The top 10 poems, as judged by the North Florida Poetry Hub, will be printed and displayed beginning Feb. 14, 2018. Poems must be a maximum of 15 lines and family-friendly. Email submissions to HopeAtHand@HopeAtHand.org by Dec. 1.

Hope at Hand is charity that provides poetry lessons for at-risk youth populations in North Florida. Founded by veteran educator Steffani Hendricks Fletcher in 2009, Hope at Hand combines poetry and art to help youth process life, love and progress in a changing world. Hope at Hand partners with over 20 youth agencies in North Florida. To donate or for more information about Hope at Hand and its partners, visit HopeAtHand.org. Hope at Hand is registered with The United Way of Northeast Florida and is funded in part by The Cummer Family Foundation, The Delores Barr Weaver Fund, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

In partnership with the Florida State Poets Association (FSPA), Hope at Hand has created and sponsors a local chapter called The North Florida Poetry Hub. The Hub meets monthly at the Hope at Hand facility at 3886 Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. All poetry enthusiasts ages 16 and older are welcome to attend.