The Pole Barn Poets writing group is a new addition to the vibrant menu of existing Foundation writing groups. We are a ‘sister group’ of the Porch Poets with a similar goal to support the mission of the Foundation and provide accomplished and aspiring poets a venue to share their work, improve their craft, and enjoy the opportunities provided by the Foundation for reaching the broader community.

The Pole Barn Poets meet on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am – 12 pm at the Writing Center, located at 1914 14th Ave in Vero Beach. As membership grows, an additional monthly meeting may be added.

If you are interested in finding out more about our group, please call us at 772-569-6718 or email us at

Please note: participation in our writing groups, effective September 1, 2021, will require membership in LRJF (Currently $50 a year for individuals and $75 for households). Register for membership here.

Meet your facilitator:

Michael Howard

Michael R. Howard is a retired Naval Officer whose poetry appeared in the Indian River Review and the Porch Poets Chapbooks. He was a Poetry Finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) and a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 RPLA competition of the Florida Writers Association. In 2013 Michael created and led the ongoing Fort Pierce based Creative Writers Group which included writers of all genres. He was instrumental in obtaining the official Historical Marker for the Laura Riding Jackson home located on the IRSC Mueller Campus and is a long standing member of the Porch Poets participating in their many community events including the Foundation’s annual Poetry & BBQ, Chapbook production, public readings and Ekphrastic events.