Philanthropic grants to fund the activities of a fake university? That's so Miami -- which also happens to be one of the themes of this year's O, Miami poetry festival.
The lit fest is produced by the University of Wynwood, a sort of literary collective that organizes author readings in Miami and has a pretty stellar (and imaginary) Jai-Alai team. And it's funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
At the inaugural O, Miami in 2011, participants dragged poems behind planes, slapped them on buses and menus, shouted verse from megaphones while sitting in a luxury convertible, and an even sewed poetry into clothes at thrift stores. Read more about the inaugural festival and its reach here.
Yes, there were actual poetry readings too -- by poet laureates, hip-hop lyricists, and even by James Franco (well almost, the actor's plane was delayed and he missed his own event).
This year, O, Miami returns with the same goal: to make sure every single person in Miami-Dade County encounters a poem in the month of April.
“I can do things here that haven’t been done," organizer P. Scott Cunningham said. "It might be easier in Los Angeles or San Francisco — the audience and infrastructure would already be waiting for it. But it wouldn’t feel as exciting or necessary."
Running April 1 to April 30, O, Miami will host the following events featuring rock stars, comedians, dead poets, and rappers. Dates, times, and other event specifics are yet to be announced.
Details are slim on this "special celebration" with the lead singer of Sonic Youth. Moore teaches at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Colorado and runs Flowers & Creme Press.
The first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet, Blanco returns to his hometown of Miami for the poetry festival. Details to be announced.
She is a poet, comedian, and writer for the NBC show "Parks & Recreation." Amram also wrote the sketch in this video.
Kevin Young, Chase Twitchell, Jean Portante, and more
A final weekend, hosted by The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, will feature readings and performances from poets, Kevin Young, Chase Twitchell, Jean Portante, Jose Angel Leyva, Eduardo C. Corral, and Frank Báez.
O, Miami is creating a book called “That’s So Miami!” published by people of South Florida. Send them your poems that begin or end with the phrase #ThatsSoMiami and they’ll play them on WLRN 91.3 FM, post them online and select the best ones to go into the book.
'Poetry Is Dead' Parade
Organizers say this will be the first-ever poetry parade on South Beach featuring performances by well-known dead poets.
Merce Cunningham Dancers
There will be new dance and poetry pieces by Merce Cunningham alumni Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Reiner commissioned and created for the festival.
For O, Miami 2011, planes pulled 20 poems across Miami's blue skies. Look up this April!
There will be screenings of “poetry films” commissioned from and created by the Borscht Film Festival crew. Check out the poetics of "A Toast."
Tattoo + Poetry Night
There will be a Tattoo and Poetry Night featuring tattoo artist Duke Snyder. In this photo, Lady Gaga shows off her Rilke poem tattoo.
Miami rapper Trick Daddy will be part of O, Miami's opening ceremony.
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