I wanted to let you know that my third book of short stories, La derrota de lo real, (The Defeat of the Real) is out. The beginning of the book happened one afternoon during my last stay at the Betsy. Proof that the Writer’s Room’s magic really works! I just wanted to show my appreciation and hope to be with you again soon!Best wishes!Pablo Brescia, Ph.D.
Arturo Zamora is 13 and ready for a relaxing summer. His plans are quickly shattered when his family’s business is threatened by a developer, he loses one of the most important people in his life and he has to find the courage to express his feelings to a girl who has swept him off his feet.
Celebrating O, Miami and National Poetry Month
As part of an ongoing, annual partnership with O, Miami Poetry Festival, The Betsy Writer’s Room is pleased to welcome our first two poets of the festival: Patricia Smith and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. Both poets have events around town with O, Miami. For details on this year’s festival, visit their website at omiami.org.
Join O, Miami as we kick off the month of April with a reading & celebration at the North Beach Bandshell. Meet local organizers from a variety of social justice organizations and funnel your energy into tangible action to improve our community.
We were thrilled to learn that The New Yorker has recently named Writer’s Room alum Kevin Young as the new Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Young participated in our annual Under the Influence Poetry Reading as part of National Poetry Month with O, Miami in April of 2016.
“Paul Muldoon, who for a decade has served as the poetry editor of The New Yorker, will step down, the magazine announced on Wednesday. His successor will be Kevin Young, who moved to New York from Atlanta last year to become the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Mr. Young is an esteemed poet and scholar whose work has been published in The New Yorker dating back to 1999. His most recent work, “Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015,” made the 2016 National Book Award longlist.“
Read the NY Times article here to learn more about this esteemed poet and scholar. Full story HERE.
Florida International University’s online publication, Panther Now, recently reported on The Writers on the Bay series, presented in partnership with The Betsy – South Beach, calling it “an opportunity to share passion for writing.” A portion of the post is below.
POSTED BY: MARTINA BRETOUS JANUARY 22, 2017
Kayleen Padron/Staff Writer
Panthers at The Biscayne Bay Campus can experience the creative writing process first-hand at this year’s “Writers on the Bay” reading series, featuring award winning, best-selling author Ann Hood.
The Creative Writing Program, along with the Wolfe University Book Store and The Betsy Hotel, will be sponsoring the event with special thanks to the bookstore manager, Erica Garvey and Deborah P. Briggs of the hotel. Free food and refreshments will be served following the reading.
The program invites four writers every year to the University to the reading series. Julie Wade, an assistant professor of the Creative Writing program, has coordinated the event along with other students and faculty.
“We who teach and study creative writing have the opportunity to share our passion for the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative writing with a larger audience by bringing a diverse group of writers to campus,” said Wade.
We received an update from our Writer’s Room alum, Jodie Hollander, recently – with news of her upcoming poetry collection. Below you can read more about her work and her recent media exposure. We enjoy hearing from our alumnus – please share your updates when you can, too!
I am delighted to share news of my forthcoming poetry collection, My Dark Horses, with Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry Series). This book follows my childhood experience of growing up in a family of classical musicians, while also exploring themes of horses, storms, and the presence of the animal world. The book will soon be out in the world; however, I wanted to first share this news with my family and friends.
If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy of my book, you can buy it from Liverpool University Press here: http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/86412
Recently I did a short interview about my the book for NPR Lake Effect, you can listen here: http://wuwm.com/post/making-music-out-words-poet-jodie-hollanders-new-collection-my-dark-horses#stream/0
Finally, should you find yourself in the UK during the month of May, I’ll be launching my book in Liverpool on May 9, and have readings scheduled in Liverpool, York, Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Brighton. My website, jodiehollander.com, will stay updated with information about times and locations.
I want to thank you all for your love and support of my writing over the years. This feels like a big step out into the literary world, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your love and support!
Sending best wishes to all as we venture into 2017!
Writer’s Room Residency, January 2014
Original post at http://settylepidapoetry.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-betsy-hotel.html
The Betsy and FIU proudly host author Greg Neri as part of The Betsy Writers for Young Readers Series, now in its 3rd year.
Neri will speak to FIU students at the main campus on January 24th, with a Breakfast Salon to follow at The Betsy – South Beach.
For information on this and all Writer’s Room events, visit our website at www.thebetsyhotel.com/event-calendar.
The Betsy and Florida International University welcome International visual and installation artist Anita Glesta. Glesta will be working with FIU in January 2017 to take footage of sea level rise and other pertinent imagery, as well as to collaborate on ideas and data that will be integrated into her video project, Watershed, which has been projected in various venues internationally.
— https://vimeo.com/174650099 WATERSHED
You may recognize the artist’s name and work from her recent installation in Miami at one of the fairs. You can see works and read a review of that work here:
The Betsy plans to project Glesta’s video work, WATERSHED onto the new Betsy Orb, and has invited the artist to discuss her work at a Breakfast Arts Salon.
December, 2016 – Photo of Michael Klotz, Professor at FIU and Violist for the Amernet Quartet, with noted composer Dr. Sydney Hodkinson, The Betsy Writer’s Room artist in residence, and faculty at Stetson University – in LT Steak and Seafood at The Betsy Hotel.
Syd was in town for a few days (with his lovely wife, Betty) for a performance of one of his string quartets at Miami Beach Urban Studios at Florida International University. It was a reunion for a number of attendees who were alums of the Eastman School of Music, where Dr. Hodkinson taught for many years.