Top 5 Events: O, MIAMI Festival

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Two weeks ago, we featured the exclusive interview with Scott Cunningham, co-founder of Miami’s ‘fake’ university, University of Wynwood and the city’s first poetry festival, O, Miami. With only 10 days, 05 hours, 51 minutes, 15 seconds and COUNTING… (catch the countdown on the festival’s website) until its debut, we have sifted through the Festival’s complete list of events and picked out the top 5 “can’t miss” O events.

Here’s a recap of O, Miami: A month long poetry festival aimed at exposing all citizens of Miami-Dade County to at least one form of poetry during the month of April through a variety of mediums and a series of events. Most events will be held at the New World Symphony’s new campus.

Here are some of our can’t miss events:

Eating Our Words

Date & Time: Friday, April 1st – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Boater’s Grill on Key Biscayne

Info: Los Angeles’ lauded Eating Our Words, hosted by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Heather Taylor, comes to Miami. Join fellow poet enthusiasts at Boater’s Grill on Key Biscayne for a traditional Cuban pig roast and poetry reading by Tracy K. Smith! $30/seat inclues the pig roast and buffet.

Tickets: Through eventbrite

Abe’s Penny Live

Date & Time: Saturday, April 2nd – 7:00 p.m.

Location: New World Symphony’s ARTSEEN Gallery in Wynwood

Info: Abe’s Penny Live opens its month-long installation, built by sculpture students at the New World School of the Arts. The gallery will be hosting photographs from four Miami photographers, with built-in writing rooms where visitors can write responses to the works. With readings by Denise Duhamel and Gabby Calvocoressi.

Tickets: Open to the public


Date & Time: April 7th – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Moore Building

Info: National Book Award finalist Anne Carson reads from her latest book, Nox, accompanied by dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and choreographed by Rashaun Mitchell.

Tickets: Through eventbrite

Poetry & Persona

Date & Time: April 28th – 7:00 p.m.

Location: New World Center – SunTrust Pavilion

Info: Guest Speakers- James Franco (Academy Award Nominee), Tony Hoagland, Campbell McGrath

Tickets: Through New World Symphony Box Office website

US Poet Laureate Reading

Date & Time: April 30th – 7:00 p.m.

Location: New World Center – SunTrust Pavilion

Info: A reading with the current US Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin. With Mexican poet Carla Faesler, presenting video and projection poems, along with traditional poems. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) reading.

Tickets: Through New World Symphony Box Office website

To see the full list of events during O, visit

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