The Betsy celebrates the Grand Opening of the Writer’s Room, April 1, 2012

Rendering of Writer’s Room – 2011

The Writer’s Room officially opened during National Poetry Month, April, 2012. Special guests at our opening event (pictured below in the Writer’s Room) included former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins (seated), New York University Creative Writing Professor Thomas Healy, FIU Creative Writing Chair Les Standiford, emerging NY-based poet Melissa Broder, MacArthur Award-winning poet Campbell McGrath, and O, Miami & University of Wynwood founder, P. Scott Cunningham.

Visiting poets during the first month included emerging poets Melissa Broder, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Malachi Black, and Ariana Reines. Poets Billy Collins, Daniel Halpern, and Campbell McGrath participated with public readings at the Betsy-South Beach and in the community.

Billy Collins toasts to The Writer’s Room, on April 1,2012

The (new) Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel