The St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center will sponsor a book signing by Ann Browning Masters, author of “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine” Sunday, December 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Recently published by the Florida Historical Society Press, Masters’ book describes common life in St. Augustine through oral traditions from after the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Giving voice to a rich slice of Americana, it illustrates how Floridano, Menorcan, and Cattle-Whip Cracker lives drifted toward overlapping worlds, and became the roots of a heritage that still exists in St. Augustine.
Masters ’ poetry has been published in anthologies and journals, read at history and literary conferences, recognized at the Florida Folk Festival, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives. She continues to read from her work in the Eckerd College Road Scholar Program. In 2015 Dr. Masters was knighted by the St. Augustine Easter Festival for her dedication in promoting St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage.
A St. Augustine native, she is a 12th generation Floridian. Her heritage includes being a Floridana, a descendant of Spanish settlers during Florida’s First Spanish Period. She is also a Menorcan, a descendant of the Italian, Greek and Menorcan colony who came to St. Augustine in 1777 during Florida’s British Period.