Join us on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2:00pm in Lewis Auditorium for the Minorcan Writers Symposium. Minorcan writers will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about books and publications regarding Minorcan heritage.
Flagler College Associate Professor of English, Dr. Darien Andreu will moderate with a Q&A session to follow the main presentation. Speakers include Dr. Ann Browning Masters and Sandie Stratton.
Dr. Ann Browning Masters is author of Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine, published by Florida Historical Society Press. She is known as the Menorcan Poet Laureate and can claim her heritage as Minorcan as well as having ties to the First Spanish Period.
Sandie Stratton studied with Dr. Daniel Schafer at the University of North Florida where she helped establish the website Florida History Online. That’s where you will find her article “From the River to the Sea: Upwardly Mobile Minorcans and Florida’s First Beachside Development”. Published posthumously, she also helped prepare for publication Fromajadas and Indigo by former mayor Kenny Beeson.
Free and open to the public.
Presented by The Minorcan Experience
History: In 1777 some 600 people of Minorcan, Spanish, Greek, and Italian backgrounds (referred to collectively as “Minorcans”) arrived in St. Augustine. Their arrival increased the town’s population by more than 50 percent. They were refugees from a failed agricultural colony established by Alexander Turnbull at New Smyrna, in 1768.