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Escribe Aqui + Surfaces + Paella

  • The Betsy Hotel 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL, 33139 United States (map)

The Betsy's Escribe Aquí Iberoamerican Literature Series, with O, Miami Poetry Festival, welcome Ramon Fernandez-Larrea and Sandra Castillo, with a musical performance by SURFACES. This will be a night of poetry and performance - and stay for the paella!

Event is free and open to the community, but your RSVP is requested.

Ramón Fernández-Larrea is a Cuban essayist and poet living in Miami.  His book of poetry, Todos los cielos del cielo , won the Gastón Baquero International Poetry Prize in 2015. Other books include Poemas para ponerse en la cabeza (Premio XX Aniversario El Caimán Barbudo, La Habana, 1986), Terneros que nunca mueran de rodillas (Premio de poesía Julio Tovar en 1997), Nunca canté en Broadway. (el nuevo herald)

Sandra Castillo is a Cuban poet who moved to Miami, Florida, with her family in 1970. Castillo earned both her BA and MA in creative writing from Florida State University. Her collection, My Father Sings to My Embarrassment (2002), was selected by Cornelius Eady for the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in Cimarron Review, Midway Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, and the anthology Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (1994).

Rodolfo Zuniga, a drummer, composer, and music educator based in Miami, expands his ensemble 'Surfaces' into an octet for a performance of original compositions and arrangements conceived at the crossroads of music and poetry. The program features the work of poets from Zuniga's native country, Costa Rica, combined with music by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, as well as an arrangement of Martin Bresnick’s “My Twentieth Century,” a canvas for the eponymous poem by Tom Andrews.

Band: Rodolfo Zuniga + Surfaces
Composers : Rodolfo Zuniga and Martin Bresnick
Instrumentation: Vocals, Piano, Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, Drums

After the reading, enjoy paella courtesy of The Betsy.

The Betsy's Escribe Aqui Program showcases the cross pollination of Spanish and English in literature and culture by incorporating both languages as the centerpiece of all the events. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the PG Family Foundation and The Betsy Community Fund at The Miami Foundation, the project is hosted by The Betsy Writers Room,  directed by local Cuban American writer Pablo Cartaya, and administered by the PACE team at The Betsy, in cooperation with many community-based partners, including O, Miami.

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