O, Miami builds community through literature.
We produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, a poets-in-schools residency, and other programs that democratize access to literature and re-think the role of the literary arts in American society.
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Our largest event is our annual poetry festival, also named “O, Miami.” The mission of the festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April. Since its founding in 2011, the festival has hosted performances by Anne Carson, Raúl Zurita, W.S. Merwin, Patti Smith, Richard Blanco, Tracy K. Smith, Thurston Moore, Kevin Young, and many others. For general information, visit our O, Miami festival page. Upcoming festival events will always be updated on our events page.
The Sunroom is a residency program that places poets in schools, detention centers, and other communities where high-quality poetry instructions is not guaranteed. For more, visit The Sunroom page.
Jai-Alai Books is a regional imprint that seeks to create a literary publishing voice for Miami. Jai-Alai (pronounced "Hi-Li") publishes, on average, three titles per year in a variety of genres, including an annual chapbook prize conducted in partnership with Cave Canem Foundation. For more information, including submission guidelines, visit the website.
Jai-Alai magazine was founded in 2010 with the goal of documenting literary Miami until the year 2016. Submissions are open only to Miami-Dade residents and visitors. Unsolicited submissions are open only to Miami-Dade residents and visitors via a series of physical kiosks hosted by independent businesses. For more information, visit jaialaimag.org.
The U-WYN Visiting Poet Series – a partnership with The Writer’s Room at The Betsy-South Beach – has been operating continually since 2009. As part of the residency, each visiting writer gives a public reading in addition to a workshop or outreach program with a Miami school or community organization. To see a list of the writers we’ve brought, go here.
We collaborate widely with other local organizations, as well as with national organizations who share our commitment to contemporary literature. Previous and current collaborators include: Poetry Foundation, Poetry Society of America, Pen Center USA, The Miami Herald, Pérez Art Museum of Miami, New World Center and the New World Symphony, Miami-Dade Public Libraries, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami's Design District, The Wolfsonian-FIU, The Betsy-South Beach, Lotus House, Overtown Youth Center, Locust Projects, Sweat Records, Miami New Times, Center for Literarture and Theater at MDC, Gallery Diet, Books and Books, Miami Poetry Collective, Fountainhead Residency, Bas Fisher Invitational, and Borscht Film Festival, among others.
O, Miami's legal name is University of Wynwood, Inc. (d/b/a "O, Miami"), a 501c3 non-profit corporation in the State of Florida. Our mailing address is: University of Wynwood, 9825 NE 2nd Ave #530249, Miami Shores, Fl. 33153
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Managing Director, Melody Santiago Cummings at email@example.com five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).