O, Miami Poetry Festival Returns: Ten Most Exciting Events, Including Thurston Moore, Borscht Films, and Parks and Recreation

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After Miami's own Richard Blanco took the podium at Obama's inauguration earlier this year, our pretty city definitely scored itself a little more cred when it comes to the written word.

Lucky for those of us who are into literature, after a one-year absence, the O, Miami Poetry Festival is coming back to the Magic City. And yes, there will be Blanco. Thurston Moore, poetry flash mobs, dead poets, contests, and tattoos, too. It's kind of like a poetry-palooza.

"The point of the festival is really to reach people who normally wouldn't care or normally think they wouldn't care. In my experience there are a lot more people out there that have some connection to poetry than they're willing to admit," says P. Scott Cunningham, one of the festival's founders and the man behind the University of Wynwood.

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- Richard Blanco on Beyoncé, Gloria Estefan, and Life After the Inauguration
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So, to get you excited for this tribute to the art of iambic pentameter and its various brethren, here are 10 of the coolest things going down at O, Miami in March and April.

10. Lamppost love
100 lampposts across the county will broadcast a secret "local poem" from April 1 through 30.

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C. Stiles

9. Big screens
They'll showcase poetry flicks commissioned from and created by some of the creative minds behind the Borscht Film Festival, including Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer, and Julian Yuri Rodriguez. The films will be circulated online and at least one will be screened on the night of the final reading, April 28.

8. Open Mic action
Locals will have the chance to sign up to take the stage on two different nights. Now's your chance to show off that 7th grade love sonnet you spent a month of your life working on... The nights will kick off at 7 p.m. at the BBar at The Betsy-South Beach on April 4th and April 14th. To sign up, email info@universityofwynwood.org with the subject heading: "OPEN MIC."

7. Big names
Thurston Moore, lead singer of Sonic Youth; Richard Blanco, Miami's 2013 Presidential Inauguration poet and Megan Amram, poet, comedian, and writer for Parks & Recreation will all be front and center at New World Center on Sunday, March 28. There'll also be poems from emerging poets, poetry films, and other surprises.

6. Soapbox speeches
Everyday at 5 p.m., a poet will read one of his/her own poems, and one that influenced htem on the front steps of The Betsy Hotel in South Beach. If you wanna be a potential poet, email info@universityofwynwood.org with the subject heading: "SOAPBOX."

Location Info


The Betsy Hotel

1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

New World Center

500 17th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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