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VONA VOICES SELFIE, with Blogger Chauncey Mabe in the background, on their ride up to the roof deck –at a reading on South Beach, June 29, 2015 – at The Betsy Hotel.  (facebook)
VONA VOICES SELFIE, with Blogger Chauncey Mabe in the background, on their ride up to the roof deck –at a reading on South Beach, June 29, 2015 – at The Betsy Hotel. (facebook)

VONA/Voices Joins the Miami Literary Movement-
with programming this summer at U of  Miami, Books&Books, and The Betsy – South Beach

by Chauncey Mabe – posted on Best American Poetry, July 7, 2015

The reception welcoming VONA/Voices to Miami was scheduled for the roof of The Betsy-South Beach Hotel, with space and views and paella for everyone. But as can happen on a summer evening in the tropics, rain intervened, forcing the event into the plush but intimate confines of the BBar, in the hotel’s basement. No matter. There was still poetry, from local scribes Jaswinder Bolina, Adrian Castro, and Glenda Galan, music from Spanish guitarist Rodolfo Troncoso, and plenty of paella courtesy of The Betsy and the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, co-sponsors of the reception.

“I’ve been following VONA for awhile,” Pablo Cartaya, program director at the Betsy Hotel, told the standing-room-only crowd. “When M. Evelina Galang came and told me VONA was moving to Miami, I nearly jumped out of my seat. We’re just proud to help and be a part of supporting the mind-blowing work they do. Now let’s have a party!”

Read the full article at Best American Poetry.