O, Miami builds community through literature.
We produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, an educational program, a podcast, and other initiatives that expand access to literature in Miami and re-think the role of the literary arts in 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 an educational program that places poets in schools, detention centers, and other communities where high-quality poetry instructions is not guaranteed. All classes are free to participants. 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.
O, Ears is a podcast network created by O, Miami. Our first podcast, “Now That We’re Friends,” is an advice show hosted by three poets. For more, visit our page.
Jai-Alai magazine was founded in 2010 with the goal of documenting literary Miami for a run of ten issues, counting backwards. The project is now finished. Unsolicited submissions were only accepted via a series of physical kiosks hosted by independent businesses, enforcing locality. 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 address is The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
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).