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First Coast Connect

The life and legacy of Jacksonville poet Alan Justiss

Walter Coker
Alan Justiss, 1994

On Thursday’s First Coast Connect, we examine the complicated life and continuing legacy of local poet Alan Justiss.

On Saturday, the city’s Main Library will celebrate the man known as “Jacksonville’s Poet Laureate,” spotlighting the new Special Collections archive of Justiss’ writings and personal ephemera. The event, Collecting Alan Justiss (To The Hawks Lend Your Heart), will take place at 2 p.m. in the Ansbacher Map Room.

Ahead of that event, our roundtable discussion will feature poetry, music and stories from the people who remember the difficult, frequently drunk artist, who is nonetheless lionized as a mentor to generations of writers and poets.


Then, Yaya Cardona of Cre8Jax shares this week’s most anticipated arts and cultural events.

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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.
Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.