Laura and Schuyler The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation mission is to preserve and interpret the home of the late poet, Laura (Riding) Jackson, and to promote literary programs that nurture a passion for the written word. Laura (Riding) Jackson, widely noted avant-garde poet of the 1920s and 1930s, settled in Indian River County in the latter part of her life in a “cracker” style house built around 1910. 

The home was bequeathed to the Foundation for preservation and restoration, and as a focal point for the study of literature, philosophy and history.  The home is an example of a disappearing architectural style and a symbol of an older, more environmentally sensitive way of life. To learn more about Laura (Riding) Jackson in Florida, watch the Cracker Tales video, "To Let Be and Let Do." See also the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary Management.

In addition to preservation of the Laura (Riding) Jackson home, with the help of generous partners the Foundation sponsors writing workshops, as well as literary and historical programs and events.

Unicorn in the Pony Pen

This year's event "Unicorn in the Pony Pen" features poets Enid Shomer, Judson Mitcham, and Patricia Waters, with emcee Rick Campbell, plus live music and a southern-style barbecue meal. Join us for a lively afternoon outdoors at the Laura (Riding) Jackson home on the ELC Campus, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Poets 2014


Teen Writers Poetry Workshop with Rick Campbell - APRIL 5, 2014

High School Students can learn and experiment with the craft of poetry under the guidance of esteemed poet, university professor and editor of Anhinga Press, Rick Campbell. To read more and sign up for this FREE workshop, click here.

Teen Writers Workshops


Poetry Open Mic - MARCH 23, APRIL 27

All ages, all styles of poetry are welcome. Sundays, 7 PM at the Kilted Mermaid. For more information, click here.

Open Mic


Recent Events

NOVEMBER 17 Poetry Event offered by LRJ Foundation
with the Vero Beach Museum of Art

poets at art museum

Front Row: Mia Leonin, Sylvia Curbelo, Emma Trelles
Back Row: Charlotte Terry, Sean Sexton

Click here for more information.

November 9 "Other Words" Conference - Florida Literary Arts Coalition, St. Augustine, FL

Other Words

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation representatives speak about the poet in Florida.
Elizabeth Friedmann, Johanna Jones, Sean Sexton

November 24 (Sunday) Poetry Open Mic

All are invited. Bring a poem to read!

April 1 FIT Creative Writing Institue, Melbourne, FL

Vero Beach poet and Board Member of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, Sean Sexton, with Debbie Lelekis, FIT professor of English, at last week's Creative Writing Institute held in Melbourne, Florida. The Foundation was there to present an hour of information and discussion on its mission, programs and the work of the poet and writer, Laura (Riding) Jackson.

FIT Creative Writing Intstitue

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is a benefitting Charity for the 12th Annual Quail Valley Charity Cup

Charity Cup Recipient


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