HISTORIOPTICON, 20 years in the making, debuts locally at Florida Public Library on Friday April 19

April is National Poetry Month, and April 2013 is also the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing near Melbourne Beach, Florida, the first documented European-Native American contact in what is now the continental U.S.  As part of its quarterly poetry and storytelling series, Florida Public Library will host David Messineo as he debuts his 20-year poetry writing project, the 324-page HISTORIOPTICON, at Florida Public Library, Rt. 94, Florida, NY on Friday April 19, 7pm.  Expect to time-travel in seven different centuries of American and pre-American history during his set, including a stop with Ponce de Leon and some poems inspired by NY state history.  Copies of his new book will be available for purchase that evening, by cash or personal check.  The reading is part of David's 2013-2014 "Fading Into the Future Farewell Tour," his last planned multistate book tour.  The Florida NY reading will be the NY State debut for HISTORIOPTICON, his eighth published poetry collection.  Two other feature poets, and an open mic, are included in the evening, which is free to attend.

David Messineo is among the 20 longest-serving poetry editors and independently literary magazine publishers currently active in America.  As Publisher and Poetry Editor of Sensations Magazine (www.sensationsmag.com), he is a rare three consecutive year winner in the national American Literary Magazine Awards.  He is also a 2009 recipient of a New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the 2011 Dwyer Award for Journalism in New Jersey History.