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.
“Poetry is a living, breathing force that can light up the city.Â 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 peopleâ€™s everyday lives,â€ said Alberto IbargÃ¼en, president of Knight Foundation.
Beginning April 1, there will be a schedule of projects, interventions, and events that will once again re-imagine whatâ€™s possible in the presentation of contemporary poetry:
– 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
– â€œThatâ€™s So Miami!â€ 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
– â€œLocal poemâ€ displayed pasted on 100 lampposts banners on South Beach
-Poems written by South Floridians flown behind airplanes
– A Tatoo + Poetry Night on April 26Â featuring legendary tattoo artist Duke Riley
– A â€œpoetry soapboxâ€: 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
For a taste of whatâ€™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 countryâ€™s most diverse cities. The report, commissioned by Knight Foundation, is available at knightarts.org/omiami.