Chronicles of a Social Esquire: O, Miami Poetry Festival at The Betsy

The 30th was the last day of the month of April and also the last day of National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. One of the events I attended was O, Miami and it was indeed O So Good !

O, Miami is a biennial poetry festival in Miami, FL. Produced by the University of Wynwood with principal support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, O, Miami creates a series of events and projects with the simple goal of every person in Miami-Dade County finding a poem during the month of April. Mixing traditional readings with innovative poetry-in-public-places projects, the festival weaves poetry into the fabric of the city’s existing infrastructure and cultural life. The inaugural O, Miami was held in April 2011.

This past weekend, as National Poetry Month came to a close, events were held at Miami Beach’s epicenter of poetry- The Betsy -South Beach.

Here are some photographs of Illuminated Broadsides, Poetry + Stars, and Rhyme or Reason Sunday Brunch for Poets and Media. Enjoy!

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Rhyme or Reason , Brunch Arts Salon for Poets and Media. By invitation only, hosted by The Betsy & BLT Steak
Rhyme or Reason , Brunch Arts Salon for Poets and Media. By invitation only, hosted by The Betsy & BLT Steak
Illuminated Broadsides, featuring the work of 26 poets interpreted by 13 designers located in the mysterious B Bar
Illuminated Broadsides, featuring the work of 26 poets interpreted by 13 designers located in the mysterious B Bar

 

Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel
Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel
Florida by Elizabeth Bishop
Florida by Elizabeth Bishop
Everyone who attended the festival received this bag and was invited to be published in a book about Miami by submitting a poem via Twitter with hashtag #ThatsSoMiami or posting a picture on Instagram.
Everyone who attended the festival received this bag and was invited to be published in a book about Miami by submitting a poem via Twitter with hashtag #ThatsSoMiami or posting a picture on Instagram.

 

2011 Yale Younger Poets prize-winner Eduardo C.Corral reads his poetry at Poetry + Stars
2011 Yale Younger Poets prize-winner Eduardo C.Corral reads his poetry at Poetry + Stars
The Betsy Rooftop provided the perfect South Beach backdrop for a reading under the stars
The Betsy Rooftop provided the perfect South Beach backdrop for a reading under the stars
Betsy's 3rd Annual Poetry Party followed the reading
Betsy’s 3rd Annual Poetry Party followed the reading

 

Cheers to poet, novelist, translator and journalist Jean Portante
Cheers to poet, novelist, translator and journalist Jean Portante
Poet, Writer De`Lana Dameron www.delanaradameron.com
Poet, Writer De`Lana Dameron www.delanaradameron.com
with Illuminated Broadsides Curator , Andrew Reid SHEd
with Illuminated Broadsides Curator , Andrew Reid SHEd

 

with Senior Editor for Enterprise at WLRN-Miami Herald News, Alicia Zuckerman
with Senior Editor for Enterprise at WLRN-Miami Herald News, Alicia Zuckerman
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