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Think poetry isn’t for you? Well, perhaps you’ve just been in the wrong city. Leave it to Miami to make a poetry festival that includes a bar crawl & pool party.

The O, Miami poetry festival has been happening all month long, in an ambitious attempt to deliver a poem to all 2.6 million+residents of Miami-Dade County. This festival has a reputation for pushing the boundaries by exposing residents to poetry in creative ways- including sewing poetry tags into clothing at thrift stores in 2011, writing poetry in the clouds via airplane in 2011, and holding a massive “dead poets” parade in 2013.

WLRN and O, Miami are asking residents to write poems about Miami. This year’s contest is called #ThisIsWhere. South Floridians are asked to to write short poems about the places they care about, including the phrase “This is where…” Every Friday, WLRN will announce the top 10 poems of the week on its website. On April 30, the finalists will read. Find out more and enter your poems here.

This weekend’s poetic line-up includes:

  • Generation Zero: A New Century of Cuban Poetry, 404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127: A Spanish-language reading by two poets creating the new generation of Cuban and Cuban-American poetry. Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Yosie Crespo will also discuss the concept of “Generation Zero,” a new movement in Cuban poetry. This will be Iglesias’s first public reading in the United States.
  • Lunch Poems & Creative Happy Hour, The Stage 170 NE 38th Street, Miami, FL 33137: Arts and Business Council Miami invites you to a special edition of their Creative Happy Hour: #LunchPoems at The Stage. Beginning April 1, compose a poem (140 characters or less) on Twitter during your lunch break and use the hashtag #LunchPoems. The Arts and Business Council will be picking their favorites, and on Thursday, April 24th, Miami writer and gastronome Mandy Baca will read them at The Stage in the Design District as an ode to the “urbane & ironic” works of Frank O’Hara. Enjoy the short poems while unwinding after a long day and meet other artists and creative professionals.
  • Jai-Alai Issue #6 Release Reading, Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club: A reading to celebrate the newest (oldest) issue of the Miami-centric literary mag
  • Wolfsonian Day, Friday, April 25, 2014 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm at The Wolfsonian-FIU: Poetic celebration at the famous South Beach design museumLit Crawl
  • LitCrawl Miami, Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. The event starts at The Betsy, 1440 Ocean Drive., Miami Beach, at 6 p.m.: It’s the first-ever LitCrawl Miami. O, Miami drags the popular literary pub crawl series into the humidity. Bars and clubs on South Beach will host a variety of boozy performances by Miami-area writers from all genres and styles during a night that will test your Bukowskian pretensions. Leave your elitism at home, and bring along a designated driver.
  • Small Press Afternoon, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club: A reading of poets published by small independent presses
  • Poetry Film Day, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club: An afternoon of short poetry films at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club.


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