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JaxbyJax Literary Arts Fest celebrates its 10th year

Published on November 27, 2023 at 3:17 pm

Jacksonville’s signature literary celebration, the annual Jax-by-Jax Literary Arts Festival, will take place next weekend, marking its first decade.

Festival founder Tim Gilmore, a local author, historian, and blogger, describes what Jax By Jax is about.

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“Having Jacksonville hear the literary voice of Jacksonville, you know to celebrate that we have this community here. Jacksonville gets beat up for lots of things — beats itself up for lots of things and often deserves it — but you know, we have a great arts community in this town,” Gilmore said Monday on First Coast Connect.  

High-profile residents — including former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover and current mayor Donna Deegan — will open and close the Jax-by-Jax Literary Arts Festival with readings from their memoirs.  

The event includes workshops, coaching, readings and a student showcase.

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The festival is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Kent Campus off Roosevelt Boulevard on the city’s Westside.  

More Information is available at

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