We kick off our 3-day philanthropy event benefiting The Battleground Sulphur Springs with performances by JD Scott, Chael Blinya, Modern Meduse, KingSoul, Casey Clague, founder Yuki Jackson, & the youth of Sulphur Springs
The talented Soyini Forde returns to grace our stage once again! Soyini has been published multiple times including Apogee, Cleaver Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous and her chapbook, Taste of Hibiscus.
Artist Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/creativecommess/
Artist Blog https://soyluv.wordpress.com/
Photo Credit: Christy Marie Photography
Bloom Caribbean Heritage Month Series: A Conversation with Jodi Minnis: Identity, Gender and Caribbeanness
A look into the artwork & practice of Jodi Minnis, a Bahamian inter-disciplinarian artist. Her practice focuses on identity through the lens of gender, race & culture.
Artist site https://www.jodiminnis.com/
We are thrilled to have local vegan baker extraordinaire Dawn of Alévri & Co grace our stage! She will be discussing her process of developing cake flavors and life as a vegan baker and entrepreneur!
Attendees can choose from two options: -$15 for Alévri & Co 5 Flavor Cake Flight -$31.28 for Alévri & Co 5 Flavor Cake Flight + 5 Wine Pairing
*SPACE IS VERY LIMITED* *Payments due by Wednesday, March 13th @10am. To secure your spot buy your ticket via one of the methods below
- Cash App $RahWanderlust
- Come in person (305 E Polk St)
- Call in (813-223-BEES)
Join us Sunday, March 10th as Tomeka & Malcolm Hale offer a FREE workshop on banking, credit, and finances.
Tomeka Hale is a branch manager at Railroad & Industrial FCU with a certificate in Management and Finance, and Malcolm Hale is a certified underwriter.
Join us as we teach you how to cultivate your vision and goals. As She Speaks Founder Michelle M, Women’s Empowerment Coach and Therapist will be leading the coaching circle. In addition, we will have another special guest. Materials are provided with cost in addition to refreshments! Come join us as we help you to grow and glow (Ticket Purchase will be available soon).
Price:$25 (Materials and Refreshments included)
Debuting at Lector Social Club: Moveable Beasts is a NEW, itinerant reading series that aims to feature poets and writers in Tampa while highlighting different local businesses & cultural/historical spots in the 813. The plan is to roam to a different space for each subsequent reading. Free and open to the public with a hat passing for $$ readers.
Featured readers: Yuki Jackson, Tenea D. Johnson, and Sam Samson.
Meet with members of The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Group to discuss the work of Toni Morrison. We will be screening a film prior to group discussion. FREE Event!
Sunday Shorties is a monthly film night. Watch & chat about short films curated by Lector’s own Rah Hines. This month folx will watch 2 shorts dealing with a number of intersecting themes, like subjective perspectives, technology, & emotional health. One is also mixed-media! It's amazing & trippy!
Space is limited so come early and ready to enjoy great cinema, stimulating conversation, stellar company!
Join us for an intimate discussion about art, photojournalism, and more.
Christy Marie is a visual artist and photographer born in Tampa, Florida. Marie’s work focuses on portraying people of color in a diverse light, while exploring the problematic narrative of mass media. Passionate about influencing change, she continuously uses her art as an outlet for activism creating necessary dialogue.
Open mic for local literature lovers: Read excerpts from your favorite authors.. Featured readers will be sharing works by Rilke, Ann Carson, Donna Tartt…Show up, sign up and Share some words!
Join us for a post-election evening of political prose and poetry featuring an incredible line-up of local talent:
Ira Sukrungruang, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Gloria Munoz, JD Scott, Sarah Gerard, SJ Sindu, Geoff Bouvier, and Avni Vyas.
Lector is excited to host a night of poetry featuring, Chael Blinya and Yuki Jackson for a reading October 6th Doors 7pm (mix and mingle) Reading starts at 8p
Chael Blinya is a Ghanaian-American writer based in Tampa, Florida. He is the current President of the Poets At USF, one half of the Tampa rap duo ExNi, & Heard Em Say alumni. As a developing mind in a rapidly evolving world, Chael primarily uses the platforms of Hip-Hop & Spoken Word Poetry to speak on experiences unique to his point of view. By touching on themes of self-identity, race, hindered perception, & etc., Chael looks to unpack his perspective on life. His latest work, “Why So Alonely?”, is a five song EP which touches on self-identity & the importance of knowing who you are at all times regardless of what you may endure. The body of work is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Google Play, & more: please check it out.
Yuki Jackson, a Black and Japanese poet, is a recent graduate of the University of Tampa MFA Creative Writing program. She has been featured in several readings and her work has appeared in Foundry, Juked, and is forthcoming in Entropy and Creative Pinellas. She is the founder of The Battleground, an at-risk youth program in Sulphur Springs, Tampa. Her writing is inspired by her Soka Gakkai International Buddhist practice, hip-hop lyricism and the art within daily life.
She can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @yukijacksonpoet.
In partnership with distributor, Cerda Llanos y Cia. Lector Social Club is thrilled to offer this educational walk-around wine tasting event, which features light bites, talks and presentations. Tickets are open to the public: $25/person with $5 off in-shoppe purchase. Drop by the shoppe for advanced tickets or call 813-223-BEES
Real Wine Fair is dedicated to organic, biodynamic, and minimal intervention wines—sometimes referred to as “raw” or “natural” wine. We call it Real Wine for short! All wines for this event curated by distributor, Cerda Llanos y Cia. and produced in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Chile, and the United States.
Join local art historian and natural wine enthusiast, Alyssa Cordero in a evening of wine and discussion centered around the natural history of viticulture and the ancient Greco-Roman vessels known as amphorae. Space is limited. $15/person (includes talk, taste, and $5 off shoppe purchase day of event). For advanced tickets: sign up online today Call 813-223-BEES or contact email@example.com You may also drop by the shoppe to purchase and save your spot 305 E Polk St Downtown, Tampa.
This event is FREE for our Wine Club Members (sign up for wine club here).
The Bolt Presents an intimate evening of acoustic music featuring singer-songwriters John Nowicki and Peter Nuffer. September 8th at 8pm $10 cover (includes one free tasting of wine or beer). Space is limited. For tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org, DM Roxanne @the_bolt on IG or DM us via our FB page.
You can also call or drop by the shoppe: 813-223-BEES * 305 E Polk St in Downtown Tampa.
Join Lector Social Club in partnership with Cerda Llanos y Cia for an evening of Spanish Wines and discussion about the Spanish history in Tampa. Tasting begins at 5p and the conversation, led by local historian Manny Leto, starts around 6p.
Join us Saturday, July 21st 2:30-4:30 and meet Manuel Moraga Gutierrez of Cacique Maravilla. Gutierrez will be pouring three wines from the Bio Bio Valley (Chile) while Hector Mayoral of Acho Brother performs live!
Following a 5:30pm tasting of natural rose' wine recent Lector Artist-In-Residence, Libbi Ponce discusses her installations, 'Then We're Out of Danger' and 'the apartment' with local art historian, curator, and Lector team-member, Alyssa Cordero. Documentation from both installs will be shown. Talk begins at 6:30pm
Lector Social Club is located in Downtown Tampa at 305 E. Polk Street near the Tampa Theater.
Join us for two days of celebratory festivities!
FRIDAY JUNE 15th
5:30pm Wine Tasting: Courtesy of City Beautiful Beverage
6pm Talk: Historical Lectores of Tampa by Manny Leto of The Tampa History Museum
7:30 Readings: Maureen McDole of Keep St Pete Lit and Sheree Greer of The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center
SATURDAY JUNE 16th
2pm Wine Tasting: Courtesy of Lector Social Club
2:30pm Music: Melissa and Joe Grady
5:30pm Wine Tasting: Courtesy of Cerda Llanos y Cia
6pm Music: Acho Brother
Ponce will create an installation centered around the translation and refraction of familial love characterized through the Latin American diaspora.
We are ecstatic to announce that our last AWP off-site POP-UP reading will feature the talented writers supported by Kundiman. Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing.
Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave for future generations. Learn more about their work at their website.
Please note the Lector Pop-up location for all off-site AWP readings are being held at
715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor).
Join us for our last day of off-site AWP Series Events featuring BlazeVOX authors:
Heidi Lynn Staples