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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Sydney Ellen Rawlings

Sydney Ellen Rawlings danced with South Georgia Ballet for 15 years, graduating in 2017. In addition to South Georgia Ballet, she performed as a THS Red Hot and with the Thomasville City Schools Drama Department. Throughout this time, she attended the Governor’s Honors Program, and summer dance intensives at Florida State University and the University […]

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Suzanne Allain

Suzanne Allain is a novelist and screenwriter who lived in New York before returning to her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, where she lives with her husband. Suzanne adapted her novel Mr. Malcolm’s List into a screenplay and it was made into a movie starring Freida Pinto and Theo James. One critic wrote: “Mr. Malcolm’s List is a delightful […]

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Nancy Klingener

Nancy Klingener is the Community Affairs Manager for the Monroe County Public Library – South Florida’s oldest public library, with branches from Key West to Key Largo. She has previously worked as a journalist covering the Keys for WLRN public radio and the Miami Herald, among other outlets. She is President of the Key West […]

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Tad Bartlett

Tad Bartlett is a writer based in New Orleans. His essays and other nonfiction have been published by Salvation South, Bitter Southerner, Oxford American, Massachusetts Review, and others, and have received multiple Pushcart nominations and been included among “notable” essays in Best American Essays. Tad’s short stories and a novella have been published by Massachusetts […]

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Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator, Steven Barnes, wrote “A Small Town” for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone” on Paramount Plus, and two segments […]

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South Georgia Ballet

South Georgia Ballet is a regional ballet company founded in 1998. SGB emulates the curriculum and commitment of a pre-professional training program, develops and produces original performing arts productions, and reaches out to a diverse community with education and performing arts enrichment experiences. In an initiative to better serve our community through classes, mini-performances, lectures/demonstrations, MainStage […]

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Son D’Aqui

Son D’ Aqui started in 1999, after its founder, Henry Zayas, noticed that there was a lack of Caribbean Hispanic groups in the Jacksonville area. He got together with Rafael Valentin and Jose Ferreira, who had been longing for the same thing, and formed the group. The band started with sequences (MIDI files) of salsa […]

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Sofia Camile

Sofia Camille is a bilingual singer/songwriter based in Tallahassee, Florida. With a wide variety of genres ranging from r&b/soul to folk, Sofia Camille has a song for every ear. When she’s not singing or writing music, you can find her drinking Delirium Red, cooking Puerto Rican food for her friends, and defeating her bandmates in […]

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Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison is a songwriter from North Florida. Her latest album, Attachment Figure, depicts the strangeness of exploring new relationships through the lens of the unreal. Her work meditates on questions of identity, growth, femininity, and her Southern upbringing. Influenced by artists of the Laurel Canyon, 80’s dark wave, and avant-garde jazz, her music takes […]

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