In the wake of the McDuffie riots and the Mariel boat lift, Miami had the highest murder rate in its history, leading to TIME magazine’s infamous “Paradise Lost” feature story. But beneath the headlines, the seeds of Miami’s cultural revolution were being planted by a small but dedicated group of writers who were meeting regularly in a tiny Coral Gables bookshop called Books & Books.
Inside the timeless tropical paradise that is The Kampong, we'll celebrate the poetry from 1981's Miami with a reading curated by Michael Hettich and enjoy 1981-themed food & cocktails curated by edible South Florida. You don't HAVE to dress in 1981 period clothing, but it would be a lot cooler if you did.
Be advised: self-parking is $5 cash on site. Parking is limited, so if possible, please carpool. The Kampong also encourages walking and biking!
Readers (Subject to change): Michael Hettich, Geoffrey Philp, Mitchell Kaplan, Meryl Stratford, Steve Kronen, Barbra Nightingale, Larry Apple, and Lenny DellaRocca