Frequently Asked Questions
Is O, Miami the name of the festival or the organization?
Both. We started O, Miami the festival in 2011, and gradually realized that “O, Miami” was the proper name for the entire organization. The O, Miami Festival itself is now an annual month-long poetry festival that takes place every April during National Poetry Month at various venues across Miami-Dade. Our goal during the festival and throughout the year is to have Miami residents and visitors encounter poetry and poetry-inspired projects in thoughtful, playful, and often unexpected ways. The rest of the year we serve our core audience by running a free education program called The Sunroom; conducting a visiting poet series in collaboration with The Betsy-South Beach; and operating a small press.
Why the name O, Miami?
We wanted a name that didn't say “poetry,” but rather was poetry. “O” is the classic address in an ode to a beloved. Our beloved is Miami. Hence, “O, Miami.”
How can I donate to your organization?
You can send us any amount of money via the PayPal Giving Fund. If you have a PayPal account, making a tax-deductible donation to O, Miami (legal name: University of Wynwood, Inc.) is simple and easy. There are NO FEES and they'll email you a receipt for your donation within a couple of minutes. Your support means the world to us!
When does O, Miami Poetry Festival occur and when was it founded?
Every April, beginning on the first day of the month and going all the way to the last day. The first festival took place in 2011.
How do I attend the festival?
We have an events calendar that lists everything we do. O, Miami is not structured like a traditional festival however. The events happen throughout the month of April and are scattered geographically. It’s an adventurous festival for adventurous people. If that’s you, come on down. The vast majority of our events are free and open to all ages.
Are O, Miami events ADA accessible?
We are committed to working with ADA-accessible venues. If you are interested in attending an O, Miami event and are concerned about its accessibility, please contact us.
I love poetry and/or being a part of the literary community in Miami. How can I support the O, Miami Festival?
- By attending our events.
- Signing up for our newsletter, liking us on social media, and telling your friends about us.
- Making a tax-deductible donation via the PayPal Giving Fund
- Sponsoring the Festival. If you represent a company, group, or organization that would like to partner with us as fiscal or in-kind sponsors, we'd love to hear from you. Past and present O, Miami Festival sponsors include The Betsy-South Beach, WLRN, Aesop, The Related Group, KIND Snacks, Books & Books, and Perrier.
How can I apply to be an O, Miami Visiting Poet?
The series is invitation-only, but feel free to suggest poets to us. We usually can’t reply back, but we will consider your suggestion. We prefer if you do not suggest yourself.
How can I apply to be a reader at O, Miami Poetry Festival?
You’re asking the wrong question. The question you should be asking is:
How can I further O, Miami’s mission to reach everyone in Miami with a poem?
- Propose a project – Every year we ask for ideas for how to reach new people in Greater Miami with poetry. Check out projects from previous years for inspiration. Then submit your idea when the Project Proposal period opens in September.
- Volunteer – Volunteering is a great way for you to get to know O, Miami and for us to get to know you. It’s also a great way to meet other people who care about literature, and it helps us out immensely, so we truly appreciate it. Contact us to volunteer.
How does O, Miami choose what projects to feature in the festival?
We look for originality and adherence to our goal of reaching new, diverse audiences.
Do you have an internship program?
Yes, although we call it a "fellowship." Contact us about applying.
Do you have any job openings?
Not right now. Any future opportunities will be announced first through our email newsletter. Sign up here.
Do you publish poets?
Not as "O, Miami." We run a publishing imprint under the name of Jai-Alai Books, and that imprint publishes some poetry.
What advice do you have for poets?
Make your life 90% reading poetry and 10% writing it.
Are you University of Wynwood?
Yes, that was the name we began as, and it is still our legal name, though we operate under “O, Miami.” We’re a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in the State of Florida, principally funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Was/is University of Wynwood a real school?
What’s the origin of the name “University of Wynwood?”
The organization’s first events took place in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in 2008, at a now-defunct co-working space called Brikolodge that was located in the Wynwood Lofts Building. Originally, we were a lecture series, and “University of Wynwood” seemed like a funny name to call it.