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Poetry in the Park

  • New World Symphony and Soundscape Park 500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139 (map)

Kay Ryan (United States Poet Laureate, 2008-10) and Jamaal May (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2013) read live on the 7,000 sq ft New World Center as part of O, Miami's annual Poetry in the Park Wallcast. 

Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to Soundscape Park for a world-class poetry reading that unfolds in high-definition surround sound and Godzilla-sized projection. 

Come early at 4 p.m. to hear a performance by the SPAM All-Stars, accompanied by string musicians from the Sam Hyken Orchestra (Courtesy of the City of Miami Beach).

At 6 p.m., MDC Live Arts presents a Miami edition of Acoustic Bicycle. Composer and musician Taylor Ho Bynum arrives in the park with a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who present site-specific poetry and music on bicycles. Featured poets are Adrian Castro, Michele Jessica Fievre, Michael Hettich, Jen Karetnick and Geoffrey Philp.

Simultaneously, Reading Queer presents "O, Hi There," a free-form reading that celebrates both Pride Day and poetry. Parks have long been a central part of queer culture, especially as spaces for 'cruising' and public sex. Performers will walk around 'cruising' audience members at the parkā€”that is, playfully propositioning them to listen to recordings of poetry using headphones they are carrying around.

Visitors can also get Poetry Manicures, order poems-to-go, and eat empanadas from The Empanada Lady and tacos from The Lone Wolfe.

Then at 7:45 p.m., settle in for the biggest poetry reading of the year.

After the reading, buy the poets' books and get them signed, courtesy of Books & Books Independent bookstore.

This event is 100% free, thanks to:

Earlier Event: April 11
Poetry Texting: A Workshop
Later Event: April 13
Repose: Restorative Poetry