Join O, Miami as we celebrate the life and work of Miami poet Donald Justice (1925-2004).
The two-day celebration includes a series of fun and free events designed to re-introduce Justice to his hometown.
On Saturday, August 20, participate in a free literary scavenger hunt in Wynwood. - POSTPONED - STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE
On Sunday, August 21, our partners at The Betsy-South Beach co-host a salon with David Orr, poetry critic for The New York Times, followed by a reading of Justice's poems by friends and Miami poets.
This celebration is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is a winner of a Knight Arts Challenge grant.
In conjunction with the celebration, we are currently building an online archive of creative responses to Donald Justice.
Help us build it!
We are looking for video and audio recordings of people reading his poems; imitations of his poems; translations of his poems into other languages (especially Spanish, Creole, and Portuguese); anecdotes about his life; curricula based on his poetry; illustrations or other visual art inspired by him; musical compositions based on his poetry; etc. [You do NOT have to be from Miami to contribute - it is open to all.]
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Donald Justice (1925—2004) is the most important Miami-born poet, living or dead. A winner of nearly every major literary award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Justice is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century. He was also an influential and beloved teacher. During his time at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Justice taught many of today’s most important living writers.