The Porch Poets are a small group of local poets dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment for poets to share work and receive constructive feedback in order to develop and refine individual voices and craft. We create opportunities for poets to:

  • Read their work in the broader community
  • Publish their work
  • Participate in special poetry projects and events

Every spring, the Porch Poets take part in the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation’s Poetry & BBQ, by taking the stage and reading our poems. We have also, for the past two years, produced a chapbook of our poems, which we sell at various poetry events, including the Poetry & BBQ fundraiser.

The Porch Poets meet:

  • The second Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm on the porch of Laura’s historic home*
  • The fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the writing center*

*Due to COVID-19, all meetings are being held underneath the Pole Barn for social distancing purposes.

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

See our Porch Poets in action!

Photo credits go to Michael Jackson at ChileJam and to Bill Conway.