Thursday, April 28, 2011

O, Miami! Last weekend to get in on the beauty

Below we're including lots of info to get you to max out on the last few days of O, Miami - because The Poets, .... ah, the poets know. :)
Thurs, April 28
When: April 28 - 7:00pm
What: Yale Anthology of Rap
Where: >>>New World Center | Performance Hall
Who: Adam Bradley, Adrian Castro, Adrian Matejka + special guests
Info: Nationally renowned poets and MCs share a reading of lyrics and poems, celebrating the nexus of poetry and rap.

When: April 28 - 10:00pm
What: Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match
Where: >>>Purdy Lounge
Who: Judges: Ben Greenman, Andrew Whiteman, Patricia Engel Contestants: Matt Gajewski, Dave Landsberger, Hialeah Haiku, and Mary Sheffield.
Info: Opium Magazine presents its first Miami edition of the internationally acclaimed Literary Death Match. Celebrity judges rate local performers in a winner-take-all literary talent show. Admission free.

Fri., April 29

When: 5:30pm
What: Poetry in the Park
Where: >>>Lincoln Park
Who: Talking Head Transmitters, and the Miami Poetry Collective.
Info: Poetic happenings in Lincoln Park, leading up to the reading in the New World Center.

When: 7:30pm
What: Poetry & Persona
Where: >>>New World Center | SunTrust Pavilion
Who: Actor, writer, artist, and international renaissance man extraordinaire James Franco will read his poetry, alongside his poetic mentor Tony Hoagland, and Miami’s own hometown poetry hero Campbell McGrath
Ticket Info: >>>Click here to purchase tickets from the New World Symphony Box Office.

When: 9:30pm
What: Broken Social Spam
Where: >>>Purdy Lounge
Who: Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene) & DJ Le Spam (Spam All-Stars)
Info: A special night of experimental poetry, featuring DJ Le Spam's epically deep collection of poetry vinyl. Admission free.

Sat., April 30

When: 3:00pm
What: Poetry & Violence
Where: >>>New World Center | SunTrust Pavilion
Who: Jill McDonough, Brian Turner, & Raul Zurita
Info: A discussion and reading of poetry written for contexts of political violence.

When: 5:30pm
What: Poetry in the Park
Where: >>>Lincoln Park
Who: Talking Head Transmitters, Miami Poetry Collective
Info: Poetic happenings leading up to the night's reading in New World Center.

When: 7:00pm
What: US Poet Laureate Reading
Where: >>>New World Center | SunTrust Pavilion
Who: W.S. Merwin, Carla Faesler
Info: A reading with the current US Poet Laureate. With Mexican poet Carla Faesler, presenting video and projection poems, along with traditional poems. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) reading.

In addition to the special events, poetry can be found at Biscayne National Park, at Fairchild, at a Miami City Commission Meeting, on abandoned buildings in Miami, by a judge welcoming the daily Jury Pool, and everywhere in between!

Miami is a county-wide poetry festival inaugurating in April 2011. Produced by the of Wynwood and funded by the S. and James L. Knight Foundation, O, Miami is a month-long series of events and projects with the simple goal of every person in Miami-Dade County finding a poem. Mixing traditional readings with innovative poetry-in-public-places projects, the festival will weave poetry into the fabric of the city’s existing infrastructure and cultural life. Events will be conducted in multiple languages, sometimes simultaneously, often in collaboration with other cultural organizations. O, Miami culminates in a four-day series of readings from April 27-30, 2011 at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Hall on Miami Beach.

Miami’s events include: premier readings across geographical, cultural and linguistic divisions, poetic maps and tours of Miami-Dade County, the first-ever Miami Poet Census, poetry lesson plans and activities in schools, collaborations with local universities, museums, and galleries, poems on menus in restaurants, radio spots of poems in English, Spanish and Creole, poems displayed throughout the Miami-Dade Public Library System, as well as poems displayed in public places both expected and unexpected.

The University of Miami’s Richter Library will house a lasting record of O, Miami in their Special Collections Department at the completion of the festival., designed by Whitney Biennial 2008 artist David Reinfurt, presents an active digital documentation of our events, activities, and projects.

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