The 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.
The festival runs April 1-30, with lots of free events celebrating the spoken word. Here are just a few of the free events:
April 1: Singing in the Dark Times | 6–10 pm at the North Beach Bandshell. Kick off the month of April with a big reading & celebration at the North Beach Bandshell. Meet local organizers from a variety of social justice organizations and funnel your energy into tangible action to improve our community. RSVP required – FREE w/ Suggested Donation of $1-10
April 2: O, Doption Day | 11 am–4 pm at Miami-Dade Animal Services. This special pet adoption day at Miami-Dade Animal Services has local poets set up at the brand-new Pet & Adoption Center in Doral to write a free pet-poem on a manual typewriter for anyone who adopts a new friend. There also will be the unveiling of Poo-etry bags: disposable, biodegradable doggy clean-up bags with a poem on them. After April 2, they’ll be available at six different parks in Miami-Dade County.
April 4: Filmmakers Salon: Larry Levis | 9:30-11 am at the Betsy South Beach B Bar. Join the creative team behind A Late Style of Fire for an intimate breakfast salon. A Late Style of Fire is the first documentary film to explore the life and work of renowned American poet Larry Levis (1946 – 1996) and features original music by Iron & Wine. Director/Producer Michele Poulos and Producer Greg Donovan will discuss the filmmaking process, the joys and difficulties of diving into Levis’s life story, and the growing importance of Levis to American poetry. RSVP required
Find a full schedule of O, Miami events, including more free ones, here.