Jai-Alai Books Wins Knight Arts Challenge 2017

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Jai-Alai Books To Publish “The Miami Trilogy”: Three New Titles Exploring Miami’s Most Pressing Civic Issues

In order to inspire civic action, Jai-Alai Books, the small press imprint of O, Miami, is publishing three books about the three most pressing issues in Miami: transit, sea level rise, and poverty.

Each book in the series, collectively titled "The Miami Trilogy," will focus on one of the three themes, and each will have a unique design, editorial, and distribution strategy.

The first book, Making Good Time, is an anthology of thirty-one Miami transit stories edited by Lynne Barrett and featuring writers such as Richard Blanco, Chantel Acevedo, Diana Abu-Jaber, Jennine Capó Crucet, Les Standiford, and Tom Swick

On Monday, December 4th, “The Miami Trilogy” was awarded a grant from the Knight Arts Challenge, created by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in order to fund the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.

"The arts are a wonderful lens for examining pressing issues. Jai-Alai books has decided to take up the mantle and probe three of the most important facing Miami, which we hope will advance the conversation, around transit, sea level rise and poverty," said Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts at Knight Foundation.

This is the second time Jai-Alai Books has been awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant, and the third for O, Miami as a whole.

The Miami Trilogy is the most ambitious and important project the press has tackled,” says Executive Editor P. Scott Cunningham. “I’m thrilled that Knight Foundation has given the books an opportunity to reach as many readers as possible.”

Making Good Time will be released in 2018. The Sea Level Rise and Poverty books will follow in that order, and the whole project will wrap up by the end of 2019.

To see all the Miami winners, visit Knight Arts.

About Jai-Alai Books
Jai-Alai Books is a publishing imprint celebrating Miami culture, history, and language. Run by a collective and proudly regional, the press operates under the umbrella of O, Miami Poetry Festival and publishes titles in a variety of genres.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.