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Check out A Poet
Presented in Partnership with The Miami-Dade Public Library System

You’ve gone to the library and checked out a book. Now, in April, you can go to the library and “check out a poet.”

At select Miami-Dade Public Libraries on specific days, you can “check out a poet” and learn more about this fascinating and often misunderstood type of human. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with real-life poets, hear their work, and ask them any questions you might have for them.

2019 Participating Poets:

Yaddyra Peralta & Rae Wilburn / April 2nd / 3:30p-4:30p / Allapattah Branch Library

Nicole Rojo & Isabella Garcia / April 8th / 3:30p-5p / Techno Bus Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Freesia Mckee & Rae Wilburn / April 9th / 3:30p-5p / Techno Bus Tacolcy

Lissa Batista & Bianca Garcia / April 10th / 5p-6p / Doral Branch Library

Luisa Aparisi Franca & Cesar Segovia / April 18th / 2p-3p / Bookmobile Palace Kendall

Valerie Vargas, Micah Johnson & Lorenna Sparling / April 18th / 4:30p-5:30p / Main Branch

Sabrina Walsh & Nicole Rojo / April 18th / 6p-7p / South Dade Regional

Lupita Eyde-Tucker & Caroline Cabrera / April 25th / 2p-3p / North Dade Regional


Poet-In-Decadence
Created by O, Miami & Gramps Bar
Where: Gramps / When: April 1-30 / Time: Evenings after 6pm

The most famous and sought-after writing residency returns this April, as O, Miami once again teams up with Gramps Bar in Wynwood to offer “Poet-in-Decadence.” Each Poet-in-Decadence residency is given one week in the month of April. The poet is given the last seat at the bar at Gramps, and for every poem s/he writes on a cocktail napkin and hands to the bartender, the poet receives one beer.

2019 Participating Poets:

Cesar Segovia / April 1st-6th Freesia Mckee / April 21st-27th

Adenike O. Akinbisehin / April 7th-13th Rae Willburn / April 28th-30th

Autumn Miller / April 14th-20th


Room of One’s Own: A Teeny Tiny Poetry Residency
Presented in Partnership with Wolfsonian-FIU
Where: Wolfsonian-FIU / Time: 10am-12pm

Cozy up to a poet! Cozy up to two! Throughout the month of April, two mornings a week, stroll in front of The Wolfsonian to find one of eight poets at work in our Bridge Tender House-turned-tiny writing studio. While they agonize over every word and line break, you can interact, read along, and witness their creative process. Then, join us for a poetry reading of the writers' final works on Friday, April 26, 7–8:30pm

2019 Participating Poets:

Atena Sherry / April 2nd Micah Johnson / April 18th

Cherry Pickman / April 4th Valerie Vargas / April 23rd

Carmella Guiol / April 9th Adam Schachner / April 24th (Evening)

Caridad Moro / April 11th Yaddyra Peralta / April 25th

Nick Vagnoni / April 16th

Earlier Event: April 1
O, Miami Proclamation Day
Later Event: April 2
Micro Memoir Workshop