The Barnacle Society to Host “Poetry Night at The Barnacle,” Sponsored by TradeStation
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PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Barnacle Society, the volunteer non-profit organization that supports preservation and public awareness of the magnificent Barnacle State Historic Park in Coconut Grove, announced today that it will be hosting Poetry Night at The Barnacle on Sunday evening, April 14, 6:00-8:00 PM. The event is being sponsored by TradeStation Group, Inc. ("TradeStation"), a South Florida-based company whose operating subsidiaries provide award-winning* online brokerage services for trading stocks, ETPs, options, futures and futures options that aim to deliver the ultimate trading experience.

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A Poetry Event Focused on Emerging Student Writers

Poetry Night at The Barnacle will feature selected poetry written and read by students from Miami-Dade high schools and members of the entire Miami-Dade community. Student poems submitted will also be posted throughout the park. Poets who submit poetry for consideration can attend the event free of charge with up to five family members and friends. First-, second- and third-place bookstore gift-card prizes, generously donated by Books & Books Literary Foundation, will be awarded to students. Non student winners will receive a free one-year family membership in The Barnacle Society and a Barnacle "swag bag." To submit poetry to be considered for reading or posting at Poetry Night at The Barnacle, and to see all submission guidelines, timelines and other details, please click here. Submissions will be closed after March 15.

"This will be a wonderful event to support young writers and get poetry out in front of people in interesting ways," said Richard Blanco, Miami-Dade's first poet laureate and the inaugural poet for President Obama's second inauguration.

"We gave a lot of thought to what kind of poetry event this should be," said Marc Stone, The Barnacle Society's director in charge of producing the event, who is also TradeStation's Chief Legal Officer and himself a published poet and short fiction writer. "We decided to focus it on the students—after all, these are our emerging poets and writers, and this experience should be priceless for them. TradeStation's sponsorship of the event speaks to its commitment to our local communities and the importance of supporting students' creative growth."

Miami-Dade high schools that plan to participate in Poetry Night include Belen Jesuit Preparatory Academy, Carrollton Upper School, Christopher Columbus High, Coral Gables Senior High, Coral Reef High, Gulliver Prep Upper School, International Studies Preparatory Academy, Miami Beach Senior High, Miami Palmetto Senior High, Miami Senior High, Palmer Trinity Upper School, Ransom Everglades Upper School, Riviera Preparatory School, and Young Women's Preparatory Academy.

Celebrated Miami Poet, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, to Be a Featured Reader

Poetry Night at The Barnacle will also feature a reading by renowned Miami poet, Ricardo Pau-Llosa. Pau-Llosa, born in Havana, fled Cuba with his family to the U.S. in 1960 when he was six years old. A graduate of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Pau-Llosa's first poetry collection, Sorting Metaphors (Anhinga Press, 1983), was selected by William Stafford as the first recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize. Pau-Llosa's third book of poetry, Cuba (1993), was the 100th title in the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Series. The CMUP has since published six other books of his, including Fleeing Actium (2023), The Turning (2018), Man (2014), and Parable Hunter (2008).

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About TradeStation Group, Inc.

Founded in 1982, TradeStation Group provides innovative fintech tools and is focused on delivering the ultimate trading experience to our clients. TradeStation provides award-winning* trading and analysis platforms and self-clearing online brokerage services for stocks, ETPs, equity and index options, commodity and financial futures, and futures options. These trading platforms are accessible on desktop, web, and mobile devices, as well as via API technologies that provide seamless access to TradeStation's brokerage environment through third-party platforms. TradeStation's offerings also include deep and growing learning content designed to hone the skills of seasoned traders. In 2022, TradeStation commissioned the Miami Bull, an 11-foot, 3,000-pound statue, presented in Miami to both honor the city and champion fintech technology.

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About The Barnacle Society, Inc. and The Barnacle State Historic Park

On the shores of Biscayne Bay in the heart of Coconut Grove is the magnificent Barnacle State Historic Park, including a mangrove forest and The Barnacle, the oldest home in Miami-Dade County still in its original location. The combination of this park and its structures' natural beauty, historical significance, stunning bayfront panoramic views, and centrality in a vibrant town is unparalleled in Miami. Call it the Grove's backyard or its oasis, but whatever we call it, The Barnacle's preservation and maximum use and enjoyment will preserve the Grove's character and keep it distinct. The Barnacle Society, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit Citizen Support Organization created to generate public awareness, education, and financial support for the preservation and maintenance of The Barnacle Historic State Park.


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