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“Poetry for all” comes back to Miami in 2013

O, Miami Poetry Festival returns in 2013 to once again attempt to deliver a poem to all 2.6 million+ residents of Miami-Dade County during the month of April.

Created by University of Wynwood with founding sponsor the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, O, Miami is both a celebration of contemporary poetry and an experimental project to turn a metropolitan area into a canvas for the literary arts.

In 2011, poems flew behind airplanes, were dropped out of helicopters, sewn into clothing, and attached to every single bus in Miami-Dade County.

Poetry on the plane
Poetry Banner tails the Airplane. Photo courtesy of O, Miami Poetry Festival

"Poetry is a living, breathing force that can light up the city. O, Miami is its platform. The written word leaves the printed page for a parade on South Beach, morphs into interpretive dance in Hialeah, and along the way helps art become part of people’s everyday lives,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation.

Beginning April 1, there will be a schedule of projects, interventions, and events that will once again re-imagine what’s possible in the presentation of contemporary poetry:

Poetry Banners in Everglades National Park. Photo courtesy of O, Miami Poetry Festival

- A special celebration on April 28 with Thurston Moore, lead singer of Sonic Youth; Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised poet who read at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration; and Megan Amram, a poet, comedian, and writer for the NBC show Parks & Recreation

- “That’s So Miami!” featuring poems about Miami that begin or end with the phrase #ThatsSoMiami, to be read on WLRN 91.3 FM, posted online with the best ones included in a book.

- A new dance + poetry piece by Merce Cunningham alumni Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Reiner on Sat., April 6. Commissioned and created for O, Miami

- Poetry Parade on April 28 South Beach, featuring performances by well-known dead poets

- “Local poem” displayed pasted on 100 lampposts banners on South Beach

-Poems written by South Floridians flown behind airplanes

- A Tatoo + Poetry Night on April 26  featuring legendary tattoo artist Duke Riley

- A “poetry soapbox”: everyday at 5 p.m., a poet will read on the front steps of The Betsy Hotel

- A poetry-themed flash mob on April 30

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Artist Augustina Woodgate surreptitiously sews poetry tags in clothes at Goodwill. Photo courtesy of O, Miami Poetry Festival

For a taste of what’s to come this April, check out the multimedia report on our inaugural festival, describing how O, MIami made poetry compelling in one of the country’s most diverse cities. The report, commissioned by Knight Foundation, is available at

For more information, please visit O,

University of Wynwood
800 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

P. Scott Cunningham
Executive Director


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Lisa B. Palley !

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305 642 3132!


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