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Vanessa Blakeslee: On Writing (from the Writer’s Room) February 3, 2016

Our recent Writer in Residence, Vanessa Blakeslee, shared her experience at The Betsy on her writing blog, “On Writing.” We were honored to host Ms. Blakeslee for a Breakfast Arts Salon on January 21st, welcoming her to to the Miami literary community.   “Dispatch from Ocean Drive where despite being the warmest spot in the […]

Congratulations to Writer’s Room Alum, Matt de la Peña! January 13, 2016

Matt de la Peña Becomes First Latino Author to Win Newbery Medal Putting our arms around author Matt de la Peña this morning! Matt was our first guest (ever) in The Betsy’s Writers for Young Readers Program. He is a remarkable writer bringing a new generation of readers to books, and we are delighted to share the […]

Congrats to Rio Cortez, Chapbook Prize Inaugural winner January 7, 2016

Jai-Alai Books is proud to announce that Rio Cortez has been selected by Ross Gay as the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains. Rio will be in residence at The Writer’s Room at the Betsy Hotel-South Beach in April and […]

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