National Poetry Month – Past & Future

The Academy of American Poets recently shared a video from our friends at O, Miami, featuring muralist Steve “ESPO” Powers. Powers came to Miami in April 2015 and created a “Love Letter to Miami” on our Betsy Arts Annex, The Carlton Hotel. You can read the post and view the video on the project below.

(and confidentially, look out for a new mural coming to The Betsy for 2016, another Love Letter to Miami, from our friend ESPO! More on that soon…)

(Taken directly from

O, Miami Spotlight: Stephen Powers Poetry Mural

Leading up to this year’s National Poetry Month, we’re showcasing some of the innovative projects produced by the O, Miami Poetry Festival, which takes place each April and aims to reach every single person in Miami-Dade County with a poem. In this week’s feature film, O, Miami commissioned artist Stephen Powers to “paint a love letter,” as he puts it, on the side of the historic Betsy-South Beach Hotel, which provides a weeklong residency to the winner of our annual James Laughlin Award. Powers used the people and culture of Miami Beach and the work of festival poets such as Campbell McGrath and Major Jackson as inspiration for a wall of text-and-image that brightened up a pedestrian thoroughfare between Collins and Ocean avenues.