Visiting Writers & Artists – 2013-14

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DOV SEIDMAN
April 2013

Author and Thought Leader; Named one of the 'Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade' by The Economic Times and 'the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit' by Fortune Magazine, CEO, author and thought leader Dov Seidman has built a career, and pioneered an industry, around the idea that the most principled businesses are the most profitable and sustainable.

Dov will speak publicly at FIU on April 1. Call 305-760-6902 for details.


RICHARD FORD
April 2013

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. He has published six novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins and, most recently, The Lay of the Land.Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Ford will receive the Florida Int'l University Lawrence Sanders Award for 2013 during his visit to Miami. (richardfordbooks.com)


MICHAEL REYNOLDS
April 2013

Michael Reynolds was born in Wollongong, Australia, in 1968 and now lives in Rome, Italy. He is editor in chief at Europa Editions. He is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Sunday Special, and a book for young readers entitled La notte di Q and illustrated by Brad Holland. He recently edited 1989, an anthology of ten European writers illustrated by Henning Wagenberth. For Europa Editions his translations include three volumes in Carlo Lucarelli's De Luca series, children's fiction by Wolf Erlbruch and Altan, and Daniele Mastrogiacomo's Days of Fear.


RASHAUN MITCHELL
April 2013

Mitchell graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2004 and was on faculty at the Cunningham Studio. In 2007, he was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship.


SILAS REINER
April 2013

Reiner graduated from Princeton University with a degree in comparative literature and creative writing. Silas premiered NOX, a collaboration with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell's with whom he continues to develop new projects, in 2010. Riener completed his MFA in dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.


VANESSA HIDARY
April 2013

Native New Yorker Vanessa Hidary, AKA The Hebrew Mamita, grew up on Manhattan's culturally diverse Upper West Side, graduating from LaGuardia High School of the Arts and Hunter College. Her experiences as a Sephardic Jew with close friends from different ethnic and religious backgrounds inspired her to write "Culture Bandit," the nationally toured solo show that chronicles Vanessa's coming of age during the golden age of Hip-Hop and her dedication to fostering understanding and friendship between all people.

Ms. Hidary will participate in O, Miami events around Miami.


FRANNIE SHERIDAN
April 2013

Performer/Writer/Comic/Speaker - Frannie Sheridan worked as a successful Comic even though her childhood secrets crippled her life. An opportunity arose to tell her story as drama. Through the power of truth telling, she continues to heal herself, her family and her international audience.

Ms. Sheridan will participate in events with O, Miami in April 2013.


MELANIE ALMEDER
April 2013

Melanie Almeder studied literature, creative writing, and art history at the University of Virginia. She received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in contemporary novel and narrative theory from the University of Florida. Her first collection of poetry, On Dream Street, won the Editors' Prize at Tupelo Press, and was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award. Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Almeder will conduct a workshop with the Free School for Writing, 4/24


KENNETH GOLDSMITH
April 2013

Kenneth Goldsmith is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and is Senior Editor of PennSound. Driven by a preoccupation with 'Uncreativity as Creative Practice', Goldsmith is essentially the habitual editor of one large project, contributing to both the study and practice of poetry as a writer, academic and as curator of the prolific archives at UbuWeb.

O, Miami 2013


CHRISTIAN BOK
April 2013

Toronto sound poet Bok is best known for holding the world record of the fastest rendition of Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate". He performed this double-speed live on WFMU Radio, New York, where he also performed other compositions derived from made-up languages used for Canadian science fiction shows.

Mr. Bok will participate in O, Miami, April 2013.


RICHARD BLANCO
April 2013

Presidential Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco's poems have appeared in top literary journals including, The Nation, the New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review and more. He has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and is the recipient of several fellowships.

Mr. Blanco will participate in O, Miami 2013.


CAROLINE BERGVALL
April 2013

Bergvall studied at Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, received an M.Phil from the University of Warwick, Britain, and a doctorate from the Dartington College of Arts. Her collections of poetry and hybrid texts include Strange Passage: A Choral Poem (Equipage, 1993), Goan Atom (2001), Fig (2005), and Meddle English (Nightboat, 2010), among others.

O, Miami 2013


KEVIN YOUNG
April 2013

Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an American Book Award, and Jelly Roll (Knopf, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and was just named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012.

O, Miami 2013


EDUARDO C. CORRAL
April 2013

Eduardo C. Corral is an award-winning American poet and teacher. His first book Slow Lightning was published by Yale University Press in 2012 as the winner of the Yale Younger Series Poets Prize.

O, Miami 2013


DELANA DAMERON
April 2013

Dameron holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a strong interest in the intersections of history and literature. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 42opus, storySouth, Pembroke Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

O, Miami 2013


NATALIE DIAZ
April 2013

Natalie Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and she was awarded the 2012 Narrative Prize for her poem 'Downhill Triolets.' A Mojave and Pima tribe member, she grew up on the banks of the Colorado River in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California.

O, Miami 2013


MEGAN AMRAM
April 2013

Megan Amram is a recent graduate of Harvard University and comedy writer living in Los Angeles. She has become virtually famous, literally, as @MeganAmram on Twitter. People sometimes forget that Amram is more than competent at writing things longer than 140 characters including poems, which are as referential and untied to a rhyme scheme as any beat poem from the sixties.

O, Miami 2013


FRANK BAEZ
April 2013

Frank Baez might be described as the homegrown Junot Diaz of the Dominican literary scene: a native author rather than a son of the diaspora, but with the same �hip� originality and �with-it� verve. Baez has made a name for himself in his own country as the Dominican Republic�s most important young poet and short-story writer.

O, Miami 2013


VICTOR RODRIGUEZ-NUNEZ
April 2013

Victor Rodriguez Nunez is a Cuban poet, journalist, literary critic and translator. In addition to Cuba, he has lived in Nicaragua, Colombia, and the United States, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College. A wide selection of his poetry has also been translated into Dutch, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Slovenian. Rodriguez Nunez has won numerous international prizes for his poetry.

O, Miami 2013


KATE HEDEEN
April 2013

Katherine Hedeen's teaching and research interests include Spanish-Caribbean literatures and cultures, U.S. Latino literatures, and gender, post-colonial and translation studies, along with all levels of Spanish language. In addition to her academic endeavors, her work as a literary translator has appeared in some of the most prestigious and well-known journals in America.

O, Miami 2013


JEAN PORTANTE
April 2013

Jean Portante is a Luxembourg poet, novelist, translator and journalist. He grew up in an Italian immigrant family but finally chose French as the language for his works. He has written over twenty books, which include collections of poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, chronicles and novels, and he has been translated into several languages.

O, Miami 2013


JOSE ANGEL LEYVA
April 2013

Jose Angel Leyva graduated from the Faculty of Human Medicine Juarez University of Durango State and obtained a Masters in Latin American Literature at the Faculty of Arts of the UNAM. He is co-director of the poetry magazine Alforja and currently heads the Coordination of Graduate Institute Publications, Research and Continuing Education at the Universidad Intercontinental.

O, Miami 2013


THURSTON MOORE
April 2013

Thurston Moore is a poet and a musician. He is a co-founder of the band Sonic Youth. He is also the founder of the Ecstatic Peace! record label and the Ecstatic Peace! Library.

O, Miami 2013


CHASE TWITCHELL
April 2013

Chase Twichell is an American poet, professor, and founder/publisher of Ausable Press. Her most recent poetry collection is Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been, which earned her Claremont Graduate University's prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Many of Twichell's poems are heavily influenced by her years as a Zen Buddhist student of John Daido Loori at Zen Mountain Monastery, and her poetry in the book The Snow Watcher shows it.

O, Miami 2013


TOM HEALY
April 2013

Tom Healy is an American writer and poet, professor, public servant, and arts professional. Healy is the chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board program worldwide.

O, Miami 2013


STACEY WAITE
April 2013

A 1999 graduate of Bucknell, Waite received an MFA in poetry in 2002 and a PhD in Composition and Pedagogy in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. Stacey's poem 'Trans,' which appears in Knockout and the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

O, Miami 2013


SAUL OSTROW
May 2013

Saul Ostrow is an art critic, curator and self-described "opinionated bastard" originally from New York. Ostrow has curated over 80 art exhibitions in the US and abroad since 1987. As a writer Saul Ostrow has been published in numerous art journals and magazines-- including Art in America. Ostrow is the Art Editor for BOMB Magazine -- a quarterly art magazine edited by artists and writers that has existed since 1981. As an art instructor Ostrow has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Syracuse University, and Pratt Institute. In the past Ostrow has served as the Director of the Center of Visual Art and Culture at The University of Connecticut and as acting head of the MFA studio program at New York University. He is currently the chair of Visual Arts and Technologies at The Cleveland Institute of Art. (FineArtReviews.com)


NAIMA K. WADE
June 2013

Naima K. Wade is a poet, performance artist of spoken word, educator and business owner. She has performed throughout New England, the Caribbean and West Africa. She has published a series of poetry books titled "Select Spirits" as well as a non-fiction novel, 'Elbow Dreams The Story of A Black Girl Growing up in Vermont in the 1960's,' and The novella 'Missz' Grace Lives Here.'

An artists' salon will be hosted during Ms. Wade's residency.


DAN WAKEFIELD
June 2013

Dan Wakefield is author of the best-selling novels, 'Going All The Way,' and 'Starting Over,' which were both produced as feature films. He recently edited and wrote the introduction to Kurt Vonnegut Letters, and introduced the ebook, 'If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Vonnegut's Advice to Young People.'


P. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM
June 2013

P. Scott Cunningham is the co-founder and director of the O, Miami Poetry Biennial and the author of CHAPBOOK OF POEMS FOR MORTON FELDMAN (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2011). A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is also the founder and director of the University of Wynwood, a faux-institution dedicated to advancing contemporary literature in Miami, FL. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Court Green, Sou'wester, Pool, PANK, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Abe's Penny, and elsewhere. He lives in Miami, FL.


DAPHNE NIKOLOPOULOS
June 2013

Daphne Nikolopoulos is the Editor in Chief of Palm Beach Illustrated and Editorial Director of Palm Beach Media Group, overseeing the titles Naples Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, Palm Beach Charity Register and Naples Charity Register. Daphne also is the author of Storm Gourmet: A Guide to Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity, a popular hurricane readiness guide and cookbook currently in its fourth printing. Her first novel, The Tenth Saint, will be published next year by Medallion Press.


ADRIAN CASTRO
July 2013

Adrian Castro is a poet, writer, and interdisciplinary artist born in Miami, a place which has provided fertile ground for the rhythmic Afro-Latino style in which he writes and performs. Articulating the search for a cohesive Afro-Caribbean-American identity, Castro honors myth on one hand and history on the other. He addresses the migratory experience from Africa to the Caribbean to North America, and the eventual clash of cultures. Castro creates a circular motion of theme, tone, subject matter, style, and cultural history, giving rise to a fresh illuminating archetypal poetry.


ARLO HASKELL
July 2013

Arlo Haskell is a poet, an editor, and the publisher of Sand Paper Press. He is the author of the poetry collection Joker (2009); and creator of online content for the Key West Literary Seminar (where he has been media director since 2008)(sandpaperpress.net) Arlo was also the winner of the 2013 O, Miami/WLRN poetry contest, "That's So Miami" - another accolade to add to his ever-growing list of accomplishments.


MICHAEL HETTICH
July 2013

Michael Hettich has published twelve books and chapbooks of poetry, and his work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Michael Hettich is the winner of two Florida Individual Artists Fellowships. The Measured Breathing won the 2011 Swan Scythe Press award; Flock and Shadow was selected as a national Book Sense Spring 2006 Top Ten Poetry Book. Michael participated in O, Miami 2013 at several Betsy events, and returns for a residency this July.


YADDYRA PERALTA
August 2013

Yaddyra Peralta is a poet and fiction writer; born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has lived in Miami and New York City for much of her adult life. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Hinchas de Poesia, Lies and Poems (an anthology as part of Miami Art Museum's New Work Miami exhibition), Florida Book Review and the Miami Poetry Collective's Cent Journal series. She has been profiled in SunPost's 'People in the Community You Should Know', as one of Miami's 'Creatives' on the Miami New Times Cultist Blog, and on WLRN's Under the Sun.

Meet the Artist, 8/1 at 7pm


SAUL OSTROW
August 2013

Saul Ostrow is a NY based critic and curator, and the Art Editor at Lodge, Bomb Magazine. Since1987, he has curated over 70 exhibition in the US and abroad. He has served as Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004) as well as the Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (1996- 2006) published by Routledge, London. In 2012, with Lidija Slavkovic, he began an on-going collaborative critical project, An Ambition focused on the divisibility of the visual field by the attentionality (accountability) of the artist. In December, for Art Basel | Miami Beach, The Betsy will present 'Habits (I am ambitious, but do not wish to achieve anything)'; an exhibit created, curated, and hosted by Saul Ostrow and Lidija Slavkovic.


THOMAS E. KENNEDY
August 2013

Thomas E. Kennedy received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Vermont College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Copenhagen. He has published hundreds of stories, essays, poems, interviews, and translations in American and European periodicals such as Kenyon Review,The European, and Fredag, in addition to four novels under the collective title of the Copenhagen Quartet. Kennedy has lived in Denmark for more than thirty years, but often visits the United States where he teaches in the low-residency MFA program of Fairleigh Dickinson University.


MARC IRWIN
August 2013

Pianist, composer, arranger, and recording artist, Dr. Marc Irwin uses his diverse talents as a musician within the fields of contemporary, jazz, classical, theater, and world musics. Currently residing in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. Marc Irwin is a native New Yorker who has played for and with a variety of top performers.

Salon at The Betsy, "Bring Your Own Horn" - Aug. 21 at 5pm in B Bar.


ADELE DINERSTEIN
August 2013

Dinerstein has run the music program at the independent, progressive Park School in Baltimore for more than 20 years. Adele refers to her pedagogical method as 'The Performing Brain' and it is informed by the relationship of music and neuroscience. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University (M.S.Ed. 2012) with a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching. She was a presenter in an educational neuroscience session for Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) sharing her research on Music and Memory.

A meet & greet with Arts Educators and Policymakers will be hosted by invitation.


TEO CASTELLANOS
September 2013

Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director, who works in theater, film and television. He is author of NE 2nd Avenue a one-man show based on Miami characters, commissioned by Miami Light Project and Artistic Director of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, a contemporary Dance/Theater company whose original work fuses world cultures, ritual and music, examining social issues through performance. Teo is currently writing a screen play titled Third Trinity based on real life events of his family, which he will adapt as a solo play, to premiere at Miami Light Project in 2014.


DAN GRECH
September 2013

Dan Grech is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, digital innovator and author. He received an MFA in creative nonfiction at Florida International University and has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Miami Herald. He has produced stories for the public radio show Marketplace, and starred in segments on neuroeconomics for the public television program, Nightly Business Report. He's writing a book called 'Hurricane Wilma, A Love Story,' about rebuilding his Miami Beach condo after it was destroyed by a hurricane to make a home for his now wife.


PATRICIA LOCKWOOD
September 2013

Lockwood has been described as 'the poet laureate of Twitter' (HTMLGIANT), a godhead of 'cartoon tween j/o bait' (Vice), and 'completely non-linear,' like a Zooey Deschanel character that does not exist (Connect Savannah). In her own words, she's a 'discursive' nerd-child who 'turned funny,' ended up in Georgia by way of the Midwest, and amassed 16,000+ followers for her Twitter oeuvre of cartoon lyricism and surreally unerotic sexts. Patricia Lockwood's poems have appeared in the Awl, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Agni, Denver Quarterly, the New Yorker, and American Letters & Commentary. Her first book of poetry is Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (2012). Hosted in partnership with University of Wynwood.


EVE SUSSMAN
September 2013

Eve Sussman is a British-born American artist, educated at Robert College of Istanbul, University of Canterbury and Bennington College. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, where her company, the Rufus Corporation is based. Sussman's work, which incorporates film, video, installation, sculpture, and photography will be presented at The Bass Museum of Art till November 2013. The exhibition presents two major video installations, including an entirely new exploration of her noted film Rape of the Sabine Women.


JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN
October 2013

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, as well as the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Nation (Thailand), Self and Mademoiselle magazines, and the NBC and HBO networks, working in Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok as well as Washington D.C. and New York. She has taught at Columbia University in New York and Doshisha University in Kyoto, and has an MFA from Columbia, a Masters of International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Asian Studies/English from Amherst College.


ERIN BILIEU
October 2013

Erin Belieu is the author of three collections of poetry. Her first book, 'Infanta' was a winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Hayden Carruth. 'Infanta' was also chosen as a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, 'One Above & One Below,' was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, 'Black Box,' was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Erin Belieu is the co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women.


CHENJERAI HOVE
October 2013

Born near Zvishavane in 1956, poet, novelist and social commentator Chenjerai Hove now lives in exile in Europe. His critical social and political commentary in the weekly newspaper The Standard (2000-2002) gave rise to threats that he was forced to take seriously. For a creative writer who cares deeply about his country's welfare, leaving is a moment of profound loss. The Writer's Room presents Zimbabwean poet Chenjerai Hove, as part of our new Writers in Exile Residency, in partnership with Florida International University.


EMILIO SOSA
October 2013

While his training is rooted in theater, Emilio's experience runs the creative gamut. He has served as vice president and creative director for Grace Costumes, a 40-year staple within the costume design industry catering to television, film, theater, ballet, and opera. Prior to his recent 2012 TONY Award nomination for Best Costumes for his work on Broadway's, "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess", and his 2012 Lucille Lortel Award win for "By the Way, meet Vera Stark", Emilio was recognized for his extensive collaborations with high profile dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and the New York City Ballet. He has found widespread recognition while featured as a finalist on Project Runway Season 7.


ANDY SENOR, JR.
October 2013

Andy Senor, Jr. was born and raised in Miami, Fl. He grew up surrounded by legends of Latin music, raised in a family that worked professionally in the entertainment industry. He made his professional debut in the Tony Award winning musical The Heights as 'Angel,' playing the role on the stages of Broadway, London, Asia, Los Angeles and US National Tours. He studied theatre at Florida International University in Miami and is the artistic director of the District Stage Company.

BROADWAY at The Betsy, 10/15/13


HUNTER BRAITHWAITE
October 2013

Hunter Braithwaite was born in the Philippines and raised in Germany and the United States. He studied English literature at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Having moved to Miami from Shanghai, he edits The Miami Rail and writes about contemporary art for a variety of publications. He is working on his first book.


MARK HARRIS
Nov 2013

Mark Harris is a writer, software architect and filmmaker focused on immersive and interactive storytelling. As a writer/director, Mark is an alumnus of the IFP Narrative Lab. Mark's Transmedia project, THE LOST CHILDREN had its New York City Premiere at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, with a combined feature film and live immersive experience. Mark was a creative technologist on Lance Weiler's Pandemic 1.0 at the Sundance Film Festival, and was the software architect on Hide & Seek's 007 Skyfall game 'Are You Fit to Serve?'


DAVID LEHMAN
Nov 2013

David Lehman was born in New York City in 1948. He graduated from Columbia University and attended Cambridge University in England as a Kellett Fellow. He also received a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He is the author of several collections of poems, including When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), The Evening Sun (2002), The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (2000), Valentine Place (1996), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986). He is series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he initiated in 1988, and is general editor of the University of Michigan Press's Poets on Poetry Series.


DENISE DUHAMEL
Nov 2013

Denise Duhamel is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including: Blowout (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (2005), and Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005). She has received grants and awards from numerous organizations, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is also the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2013. Duhamel teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University and lives in Hollywood, Florida.


JESSE MILLNER
Nov 2013

Jesse Millner is an English Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared widely in literary magazines such as Willow Springs, Gulf Stream, and Third Coast. He is a past recipient of an AWP Intro Award for Poetry and his first chapbook, The Drowned Boys, was published by March Street Press in January of 2005.

Best American Poetry 2013


JAMES ALLEN HALL
Nov 2013

James Allen Hall's first book, Now You're the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. New poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Best American Poetry 2012. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


DAVID KAUFMAN
Nov 2013

Dr. David E. Kaufman is a faculty member of the Religion Department at Hofstra University, holding the Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. Dr. Kaufman has published numerous articles on the social, religious, and architectural history of the American synagogue; a history of the seminal school of Jewish education in America, the Teachers Institute; and a major study of early 20th century Jewish communal institutions.


STEVE MILLER
Nov 2013

Steve Miller has 19 years of experience in daily newspaper and magazine journalism at the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times, The Daily Beast, People magazine and U.S. News and World Report. Miller is a 2011 winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business award for investigative journalism and a 2012 Edgar finalist for his book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender, and a 2010 Carnegie Legal Reporting Fellow at Syracuse University.


ANDREA BILLUPS
Nov 2013

Andrea Billups is a veteran journalist, writer, professor and author. She spent several years working in Washington as a national correspondent for The Washington Times, later covering the Midwest as a regional correspondent. Billups is currently at work on two new books, a work of fiction based on her years as a celebrity reporter titled "Missing in Miami," and an uplifting non-fiction book for women at midlife, titled "Flip Flop Girls."


CHRISTOPHER COZIER
Nov 2013

Christopher Cozier is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Trinidad, and will be Artist in Residence for Art Basel | Miami Beach at The Betsy. Presented in partnership with David Krut Projects, Cozier has created images specifically for illumination in B Bar as part of the hotel's exhibitions for Art Basel 2013.


EMILIO SOSA
December 2013

While his training is rooted in theater, Sosa's experience runs the creative gamut. He has served within the costume design industry catering to television, film, theater, ballet, and opera. He received a 2012 TONY Award nomination for Best Costumes for his work on Broadway's, "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess", and won the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for "By the Way, meet Vera Stark." Sosa will be part of the Conundrums & Realities Arts Salon Panel on Wednesday, December 4.


PAUL RUCKER
December 2013

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding a subject. Rucker will perform with South Florida collaborators, Dec. 4-7 at The Betsy's illy Poetry Cafe.


CHRISTINA DAVIS
December 2013

AND CHLOE GARCIA ROBERTS - Poets Christina Davis and Chloe Garcia Roberts are the Curator and Associate Curator, respectively, of Harvard University's Woodberry Poetry Room, one of the most unique poetry libraries in the United States. Designed by Alvar Aalto, the room is a gorgeous example of Finnish minimalism, and under Davis's tenure Woodberry has developed one of the most dynamic and diverse programming schedules anywhere in the world of poetry.


YULY RESTREPO
December 2013

Yuly Restrepo was born and grew up in the city of Medelli­n, Colombia, until her family was granted political asylum in the United States. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Tampa with a Writing major. Later she attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the Rona Jaffe Fellowship in Creative Writing in 2009. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Tampa and is at work on a novel set in her native Colombia.


ALI NOORANI
December 2013

Ali Noorani has more than a decade of successful leadership in public policy advocacy, non-profit management and coalition organizing, across a wide range of issues. As a key figure among a new generation of national leaders, he continues this mission as Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum advocating for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.


OSCAR FUENTES
December 2013

Oscar Fuentes is a performance artist from Miami, and the front man for The Oscar Fuentes Combo, a musical project where he blends his original beat-poetry with a three to five member jazz-fusion band. As a community-based artist, Fuentes has been sharing his talents and love for the arts for over 20 years. His style is autobiographical, energetic, and holds rhythmic elements, pleasant to the ears and eyes.


JODIE HOLLANDER
Jan 2014

Jodie Hollander is originally from Wisconsin and now lives and works in Washington DC. An alumni of the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University, her poetry has appeared in a number of poetry magazines and journals both in the UK and America. She has also received a Fullbright Scholarship and is due to receive a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013.


NIGEL MAISTER
Jan 2014

Nigel Maister has been the artistic director of the University of Rochester International Theatre Program since 2002 (before that he was the program's associate director). Born in South Africa, he has trained both as an actor and as a director.


VANESSA GARCIA
January 2014

Garcia is an multi-media and cross-genre artist, writer, journalist, and playwright. She's written and reported for various publications including The New York Times; The LA Times; The Miami Herald; HowlRound; The Southern Humanities Review; and The Art Basel Magazine, along with numerous other journals, magazines, newspapers, and online media. In 2010, she was named one of Miami's 20 under 40 by The Miami Herald. That same year she was named one of Miami's 100 Creatives by the Miami New Times.


LEELA CORMAN
January 2014

Leela Corman studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art. Her book Queen’s Day earned her a Xeric Award in 1999 and was called “music to my eyes” by Scott McCloud. She has created two more graphic novels including her latest, Unterzakhn, published by Schocken/Pantheon. Corman and her husband, Tom Hart, are the founders of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prosperity and promotion of comic art and artists, offering instruction in comic art, graphic novels and visual storytelling in vibrant Gainesville, Florida, where she is also an adjunct instructor at University of Florida.


JEREMY TURNER
January 2014

American musician Jeremy Turner has rapidly gained a reputation for composing innovative and diverse music for the moving image and the stage. From creating award-winning scores for films and commercials, to a career as the Asst. Principal Cello of the Met Orchestra, he has established a unique regard for understanding and performing varying musical languages and styles.

A Breakfast Arts Salon will be hosted on Jan. 16. RSVP to artsandculture@thebetsyhotel.com.


LEIGH STEIN
January 2014

Leigh Stein is the author of the poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future (Melville House, 2012), which was a Publishers Weekly pick for their Best Summer Books of 2012 list, as well as a Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection. Her first novel, The Fallback Plan (Melville House, 2012), received praise from Elle, O Magazine, and Publishers Weekly, and made the "highbrow brilliant" quadrant in New York magazine's approval matrix.


AZIZ + CUCHER
January 2014

Anthony Aziz and Samuel Cucher are visual artists working together as a collaborative team since meeting in graduate school in 1990 at the San Francisco Art Institute. They are pioneers in the field of digital imaging and post-photography with projects exhibited at numerous venues including the 1995 Venice Biennale, the LA County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


WILLIAM BOLCOM
January 2014

National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.


ROBERT XAVIER RODRIGUEZ
January 2014

Robert Xavier Rodríguez is “one of the major American composers of his generation” (Texas Monthly). Rodríguez received his early musical education in San Antonio (b. 1946) and in Austin (UT), Los Angeles (USC), Lenox (Tanglewood), Fontainebleau (Conservatoire Américain) and Paris. Rodríguez first gained international recognition in 1971, when he was awarded the Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the Palais Princier in Monte Carlo. Other honors include the Prix Lili Boulanger, a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from ASCAP and the Rockefeller Foundation, five NEA grants and the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.


CAROLYN BURNS BASS
Jan 2014

Carolyn Burns Bass writes travel features and fiction, and is founder and moderator of #litchat, a reader/writer discussion operated entirely through Twitter, with more than 16k followers. Carolyn has written magazine cover features, personality profiles, music reviews and food features, with short fiction works published in MetroMoms Fiction, The Rose & Thorn (Spring, 2007) and Breath & Shadow (October 2007). In January, The Betsy will host the 5th Birthday Celebration of LitChat with workshops and readings on South Beach.


REGIE CABICO
Feb 2014

Regie Cabico is a poet and spoken word artist. He is a critically acclaimed performance poet who has won top prizes at National Poetry Slams. His poetry appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Spoken Word Revolution and Slam. He was also featured in MTV's "Free Your Mind" Spoken Word Tour. Regie is the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Multi-Disciplinary Performance. Presented in partnership with Tigertail Productions.

Feb 5 at 6:30PM at The Betsy


MIKE PATERNITI
February 2014

Author of The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese. GQ Correspondent. Presented in cooperation with Writers on The Bay, Florida International University Department of English – Creative Writing Program.

Feb 5 at 8 PM, FIU Campus Bookstore


GREG BERMAN
Feb 2014

Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation and part of the founding team responsible for creating the Center. He is the author/co-author of Reducing Crime, Reducing Incarceration: Essays on Criminal Justice Innovation (Quid Pro Books, forthcoming), Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (Urban Institute Press, 2010) and Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press, 2005). Berman is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

A Breakfast Salon will be hosted on 2/14/14.


DONALD DAEDALUS
February 2014

Donald Daedalus is an artist living and working in New York City and Washington State. He completed his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and BA at the University of Washington. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist Television Access, apexart, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaliniki, Greece, konnektor forum for art, Germany, and the University of Washington.


ROSS GAY
February 2014

Gray is a Cave Canem poet whose books of poems includeAgainst Which and Bringing the Shovel Down . His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Columbia: A Journal of Poetry and Art, and Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, among other places. He teaches at Indiana University and in the low-residency program at New England College.

Ross Gay reads at Miami Light Project 2/21 at 7:30pm


TODD BOSS
February 2014

Todd Boss’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker,Poetry, New England Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, which awarded him its annual Emily Clark Balch Prize. His work has been syndicated on public radio’s The Splendid Table.


DASHA KELLY
Feb 2014

An accomplished writer, artist and social entrepreneur, Dasha Kelly travels the country as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, youth coach and performance artist. Dasha's first novel, All Fall Down (Syntax 2003), earned her a position on Written Word Magazine's Top Ten List of Up-and-Coming Writers of the Midwest. A featured story from her collection, Hershey Eats Peanuts (Penmanship Books 2009), was a finalist in the Abbey Hill Literary Awards. Presented in partnership with Tigertail Productions.


DAN WAKEFIELD
March 2014

Dan Wakefield is author of the best-selling novels, 'Going All The Way,' and 'Starting Over,' which were both produced as feature films.

Breakfast Salon, March 3 at 9:30am


ELEANOR STANFORD
March 2014

Stanford is the author of the memoir, História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography) and of a poetry collection, The Book of Sleep (Carnegie Mellon University Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, Brain, Child Magazine, and others.

Lunch and Learn, March 6 at 12 Noon at The Betsy.


SALLY KEITH
March 2014

Poet and teacher at George Mason University; Sally Keith is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Winner of the Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere.

Lunch and Learn, March 13 at 12 Noon at The Betsy.


JACQUELINE JONES LAMON
March 2014

LaMon is the recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. Ms. LaMon earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Indiana University Bloomington and was noted by the NAACP in the category of Outstanding Literary, Poetry in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Adelphi University.

Poetry Reading March 18 at 7PM at The Betsy.


STACY PALMER
March 2014

Stacy Palmer is editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which is considered the number-one news source in the nonprofit world. She has served as a top editor since the newspaper was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its Web sites, Philanthropy.com and Philanthropy Careers. Palmer frequently appears on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world.


EMILY NEMENS
March 2014

Nemens is a writer and illustrator based in Baton Rouge by way of Brooklyn. Her creative writing has been featured in The Gettysburg Review, Eleven Eleven, and on Esquire.com, as well as in the recent chapbook, Butcher Papers, and she is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. As an illustrator she's collaborated with Harvey Pekar and painted miniature portraits of all the women in congress, a project that was featured on national TV and across the web. Since autumn 2013 she has served as the coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review.


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