O, Miami poetry festival free events

o-miami-2014The O, Miami poetry festival is back for a new round of events that attempt to deliver a poem to all 2.6 million+residents of Miami-Dade County.

Once again, WLRN and O, Miami are asking residents to write poems about Miami. This year’s contest is called #ThisIsWhere. South Floridians are asked to to write short poems about the places they care about, including the phrase “This is where…” Every Friday, WLRN will announce the top 10 poems of the week on its website. On April 30, the finalists will read. Find out more and enter your poems here.

The 2014 festival runs April 1-30, with lots of free events celebrating the spoken word. Here are just a few of the free events:

Poetry in the Park on Saturday, April 5, 5 to 8 p.m., Miami Beach. O, Miami Poetry Festival partners with New World Symphony and the City of Miami Beach to present a new kind of live poetry reading in Soundscape Park. The event will broadcast the readings inside the New World Symphony by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and National Book Award-winner Nikki Finney at 8 p.m. From 5-8 p.m., enjoy free music and performances in the park.

Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club, April 1-30, Miami. A partnership with The Related Group, the E.P.A.C. is a two-story house that O, Miami is transforming into a community wellness center for the month of April. Spiritually depleted? Physically lethargic? Come to the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club during the month of April for poetry readings, water aerobics, yoga, meditation, zine fairs, and games of pick-up basketball. Opening party is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the club, which is at 461 NE 31st St., Miami, FL 33137.

SPEAKtacular, April 17. Poetry, music, dance, visual art: come together to create SPEAKtacular, a full-scale production. Youth poets from the Jason Taylor Foundation’s Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network will dazzle and inspire with their words as musicians, dancers, and visual artists create and express alongside them onstage. Organized by poets Darius Daughtry and Ashley M. Jones. The event is at YoungArts, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131.

The First-ever LitCrawl Miami, April 25. O, Miami drags the popular literary pub crawl series into the humidity. Bars and clubs on South Beach will host a variety of boozy performances by Miami-area writers from all genres and styles during a night that will test your Bukowskian pretensions. Leave your elitism at home, and bring along a designated driver. The event starts at The Betsy, 1440 Ocean Drive., Miami Beach, at 6 p.m.

Find a full schedule of O, Miami events here.