The Betsy Writer’s Room has a special emphasis on poetry, inspired through the life and words of American poet, Hyam Plutzik. Hyam Plutzik is the late father of the Betsy owners, Jonathan Plutzik and his sister Deborah Plutzik Briggs. He was three time Pulitzer nominated poet who passed away at the age of fifty. The owners honor their father’s legacy and advocate for poetry and poets nationwide and through events and residencies at The Betsy with a special emphasis on National Poetry Month in April. Visiting writers work at Hyam Plutzik’s desk in the Writer’s Room.

The Betsy works closely with O, Miami (formerly University of Wynwood) on programs to champion poetry voices from all walks of life.