Miami (Part 2)

Sure, Art Basel happens here once a year, but the remainder of the year in Miami’s arts community is surprisingly active. Take the month of April, for example, in which Miami hosts the month-long O,Miami poetry festival. Unleashing poets onto the streets of Miami with the goal of exposing as many civilians to poetry as possible; O,Miami is a wild and wonderful mix of print, poetry, art, and creative gathering. Hosting a range of events transmitted via print and social media including the upcoming Pages & Spreads Zine Fair and the Lunch Poems & Creative Happy Hour, O,Miami creates a fantastic dialogue amongst the producers of poetry and the role of print in contemporary literature.

Meanwhile, Miami’s population of private art collections and independent galleries continuously blow our minds with print and paper-related exhibitions. The Rubell Family Collection (see photo below) welcomes visitors with a paper-related installation of monumental size, while the Wynwood Art District hosts monthly art walks welcoming pedestrians to peruse art galleries and be merry simultaneously (see photo below of the latest street-art-goes-print exhibit at the Robert Fontaine Gallery).

More from Miami’s cultural front later, for now I’ll be taking my seat as the Poet-In-Decadence Resident at Gramps Bar where a new poet is invited to trade poems for beer every day during the month of April. At the end of the residency, a zine will be produced including poems created during the residency. Bottoms up, y’all.

Poetry in the park happens live as O,Miami poets take poem requests from passersby. Once the request is taken, the poet types out a complete poem on a typewriter for a small donation.

Poetry in the park happens live as O,Miami poets take poem requests from passersby. Once the request is taken, the poet types out a complete poem on a typewriter for a small donation.

A park full of attendees waiting to see Robert Haas and Nikky Finney read poetry live at Soundscape Park.

A park full of attendees waiting to see Robert Haas and Nikky Finney read poetry live at Soundscape Park.

With a healthy sense of humor and one hell of a graphic design team, O,Miami engages the creative community with literary presentations and events.

With a healthy sense of humor and one hell of a graphic design team, O,Miami engages the creative community with literary presentations and events.

The O,Miami pool party and poetry reading held at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club. How very hip.

The O,Miami pool party and poetry reading held at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club. How very hip.

Post-pool party poetry reading at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club. O,Miami.

Post-pool party poetry reading at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club. O,Miami.

Book Artist, Carol Todaro, prepares a France-inspired pamphlet to release at the 12-hour reading of the French poet Apollinaire.

Book Artist, Carol Todaro, prepares a France-inspired pamphlet to release at the 12-hour reading of the French poet Apollinaire.

"Boat" by Zhu Jinshi shown at the Rubell Family Collection Gallery in Miami. "Boat" is an architectural piece made entirely of Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread.

“Boat” by Zhu Jinshi shown at the Rubell Family Collection Gallery in Miami. “Boat” is an architectural piece made entirely of Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread.

"Warhol Is Over" screenprint by Simon Thompson at the Robert Fontaine Gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District.

“Warhol Is Over” screenprint by Simon Thompson at the Robert Fontaine Gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District.

"Fuck You America" screenprint by Simon Thompson at the Robert Fontaine Gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District.

“Fuck You America” screenprint by Simon Thompson at the Robert Fontaine Gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District. Look closely.

The Poet-In-Decadence Residency set up at Gramps Bar. For every poem produced, a new beer is consumed. O,Miami will release a zine including poetry written during the residency as a culmination of the Poet-In-decadence project. Great idea.

The Poet-In-Decadence Residency set up at Gramps Bar. For every poem produced, a new beer is consumed. O,Miami will release a zine including poetry written during the residency as a conclusion of the Poet-In-Decadence project. Great idea.

 

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