O, Miami Poetry Festival Returns: Ten Most Exciting Events, Including Thurston Moore, Borscht Films, and Parks and Recreation
5. Flash mob
At a secret locale, poetry enthusiasts will gather en masse for some read-aloud action. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: "FLASH MOB" if you're interested in getting involved.
4. Poetic ink
On Friday, April 26, tattoos will pair with poetry at The Freehand -- all in conjunction with legendary ink master Duke Snyder and poet Tom Healy. Basically, according to Cunningham: "Tom Healy + Kevin Young. Cocktails + Poems + Food + Tattoos."
3. Poem coasters
In partnership with a local poet, there'll be drink coasters featuring five different poems from an assortment of contemporary poets. One side of the coaster will have the poem in English, the other en Espanol.
2. Crowd-sourced brilliance
South Floridians will have the chance to get their literary works of art immortalized. A That's O, Miami! book will aggregate poems by locals. Writers will be able to submit their poems via Twitter with the hashtag #ThatsSoMiami or online. You can also submit pics via Instagram with the same hashtag. and they'll be read on WLRN 91.3 FM, posted online and the best of the bunch will go into the book.
1. Dead poets on parade
On Sunday April 28 at noon, you can don duds as your favorite dead poet and head to Lummus Park. At different spots along the parade route, local groups like Front Yard Theatre Collective and Emerge Miami will bring a dead poet back to life for the crowd. Zombie poets. Awesome.
So even if you don't consider yourself a poet, there's something at O, Miami you're likely to dig.
"I find that almost everyone I meet has some weird connection to it. Those are the people that I'm really interested in reaching with the festival. I'm trying to re-position the art form as something that is relevant to contemporary society," Cunningham adds.
The O, Miami Poetry Festival will run throughout the month of April (and a little bit of March) at various venues across the city. Check out the Knight Foundation's recap of the 2011 event here, and get more info on the festival's website.