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Apr 01, 2013

9 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Today kicks off National Poetry Month and O, Miami - the biennial, South Florida poetry festival - has lined up a myriad of creative ways to deliver a poem to every single person in the city.


Interactive Report:

Downloadable Report:
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So don’t worry if poetry readings aren’t your style (though they’ll be some of those too). There will be plenty of other ways to participate. Join the opening ceremony with legend Trick Daddy, pair poetry and tattoos with ink master Duke Snyder and poet Tom Healy, or take in a new dance/poetry piece by Merce Cunningham alumni.

Here are nine more ways to engage in this year’s festival:

  • Write a 100-word poem (in English or in Spanish) that contains the line “That’s so Miami.” If participating on Twitter or Instagram be sure to tag it with #thatssomiami. Poems will be played on WLRN 91.3FM and the best ones published in a book.
  • Submit a 50-character poem to One winning poem flown up and down Miami Beach on April 27 and 28.
  • Be on the lookout for a special local poem which will be pasted on 100 lampposts banners throughout Greater Miami as well as a poetry-themed flash mob. You can e-mail with the subject heading: "FLASH MOB" if you're interested in getting involved.
  • Think poetry is dead? Think again with the first-ever “Poetry is Dead Parade” featuring performances by well known dead poets. The parade starts at noon on April 28 in Lummus Park.

The O, Miami Poetry Festival was created in 2011 by the University of Wynwood and supported by Knight Foundation. Be sure to check out the recent multimedia report on how the inaugural festival made poetry compelling in one of the country’s most diverse cities.

By Elizabeth R. Miller, communications associate at Knight Foundation

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