gianna russo

poet, writer, editor & teacher

Readings, Interviews and Upcoming Events

Tampa Bay History Center ~ Thurs. Nov. 18, 2021

In conjunction with Hillsborough County’s Big Read, I’ll be talking about poetry and heritage. We love history!

Tampa Writer’s Harvest ~ Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, times TBA, date tentative, 1403 Howard Ave. Tampa, Saint Leo Education Center

As Wordsmith of Tampa, I will be hosting The Writers Harvest, a community-wide charity event to raise funds and food for the food insecure and hungry. Writers and poets from across the city will be sharing their talent and time in the former Berriman Morgan Cigar factory in West Tampa where Saint Leo is housed. Participating writers will join us from grass-roots groups, Saint Leo, USF and UT. More details coming soon!

HCPLC The Big Read kickoff ~ Nov. 6, 10AM

More details are coming, but I will be helping our wonderful library kick off this year’s Big Read. The selected book is Joy Harjo’s American Sunrise.

Cafe con Tampa, The Oxford Exchange ~ Oct. 22, 2021

From the Facebook page: “Cafe con Tampa is a group of neighborhood and community leaders who gather every Friday to discuss important issues. Everyone is welcome. Just show up.” Take a guess what I’ll be doing there.


I’ll be co-presenting a lecture (well, not really–it’s an entertaining talk) with Pamela Painter titled “You Don’t Own Me.” We’ll take a look at the “coming -of-age” of feminism and women’s empowerment through the pop music of the 60’s. Yeah, baby!

Community Tchin Tchin at Book & Bottle, St. Pete ~ Sept 10, 2021 6pm

So excited to sign books, read poetry and drink wine at Terra Dunham’s wonderful venue. As the mission notes, “Books expand our minds, boost our empathy, and increase our intelligence. Good wine challenges our expectations, comforts our souls, and transports us to other places.” Good coffee opens our eyes, prepares us for our day, and puts pep in our step.” I say yes to all three. Come join us!

Sandhill Writers VIRTUAL Retreat ~ May 15, 2021

A full day of 16 hands-on workshops in a variety of genres. Check the website for more details and registration.

Mouth of the Mural ~ April, 2021

This fabulous initiative by Wally and C’Maine Jennings features poets performing original ekphrastic poems written for the murals of Tampa. The mural I wrote for is located on Tampa St.

Malaprops Poetrio ~ March 7, 2021

I’ll be reading virtually for one of my two favorite independent bookstores, the famed Malaprops of Asheville, NC. Please tune in!–Vo0a089UiriFthDZhIIdQ91AKhGvVvXEZXGp-9X3Jix1T0uetJrA

Tombolo Books ~ March 2, 2021

Guest Panelist for the launch of the anthology Wilder Heart of Florida, edited by Jack Davis and Leslie Poole. My poem “Raw Water” is included in this beautiful book that is a love song for Florida.

Wild Gifts: A Reading by Saint Leo Creative Writing Faculty ~ Feb. 2021

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Language Studies and the Arts present Wild Gifts: A Virtual Reading by Creative Writing Faculty with Anne Barngrover, Patrick Crerand, Steve Kistulentz, and Gianna Russo.

“Take a break from your busy day and enjoy some poetry and prose written by our gifted faculty. Until the next time we can safely gather in our community again, please enjoy.” – the Saint Leo Creative Writing faculty.

Interview for La Gaceta ~ Jan. 2021

Typewriter Talks ~ November 2020

So thrilled to have been interviewed by the phenomenal Maureen McDole who founded Keep St. Pete Lit, for her amazing series Typewriter Talks. Hope you enjoy it.

Dali Poetry Series ~ September 10, 2020

In the midst, of a pandemic, what better way to connect than through poetry? Thanks to Saint Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Wallace, for arranging another Dali Poetry Series reading to kick off the fall and give us all a little social connectedness. YOU can connect anytime on the Dali YouTube channel.

A View from this Wilderness ~ Spring, 2020

I’m so thrilled that I was invited by my friend Bob Kunzinger to make a video reading for his series A View from this Wilderness. What a wonderful gift during our pandemic stay-at-home. I hope you’re enjoying nature, too.

AWP Conference in San Antonio, Texas ~ March 4-7, 2020

I’ll be reading with Madville Publishing at the AWP conference in San Antonio. Exact reading time will be published in the conference schedule.

Ekphrastic Poetry Interview ~ Oct. 2019

I’m so pleased to be a part of the central Florida tradition in celebration of the written word, sponsored by The Tampa Bay Times.

BOOK LAUNCH OF ONE HOUSE DOWN ~Wed. Oct. 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The University of Tampa Music Room

I read for the launch of One House Down on Oct. 2, 2019. A memorable evening!


Saint Leo in Selby Auditorium

This is the third year that my creative writing colleagues and I have gotten together to present recent work to our Saint Leo community. I’ll be joined by Patrick Crerand, Steven Kistulentz, Anne Barngrover and Brooke King.

My INTERVIEW with SWEET posted on August 29, 2019. Thanks and big sugar to our most delectable lit mag!

OTHER WORDS CONFERENCE ~October 24-26, 2019

The University of Tampa

The Annual Conference of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. Madville Publishing will host a reading, I’ll participate in a panel and I’ll MC the final reading by YellowJacket Press. Wow!


    The Annual Conference of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition
    Oct. 11-13, 2018, The University of Tampa;    I will be presenting on a panel called “Water, Wind & Weather: What It Means To Be a Florida Poet.”

    Also, YellowJacket Press will be reading.


Off-site reading with YellowJacket Press

Sat. March 10, 4 pm at The Free Library, 102 7th Ave. Tampa

The Annual Conference of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition

Oct. 12-14, 2017, The University of Tampa;    YellowJacket Press will be reading. Other Words


Oct. 19-21, 2017;  I will give a master class and serve as Poet-in-Residence. Florida College English Association


Nov. 10-13, Black Rock NC;  I’ll be part of a panel on “Creative Writing Studies in Trump’s America.” Creative Writing Studies

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