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Reading Camp

  • Fiu Biscayne Bay Biscayne Bay Campus Recreation 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181 United States (map)

Water Radio and O, Miami present: Reading Camp

Join O, Miami and Fereshteh Toosi for a literary night ride on Biscayne Bay!

We're hosting group readings of poetic and lyrical texts on the water. Unlike a traditional book club, the Reading Camp does not require homework. During each group poetry reading, we cast off the isolation of this ordinary activity. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

  • Ticket covers tandom kayak, paddles, life vest, s’mores, and poetry.

  • Plan ahead for the upcoming Reading Camp gatherings on Wednesdays from 6-9pm at BBC: 12/4, 1/8, 2/5 & 3/4

This event is for ages 16+. We launch from the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University. Limited metered parking is available. Please consider carpool or bus options. Arrive early, bring a photo ID and meet us at the Recreation Center front desk at 6:45pm in order to complete a waiver form.

Weather permitting, Reading Camp will conclude with a campfire and snacks. Each participant will also go home with a copy of the reading.

Read about the inspiration for our Reading Camp here: Ground Provisions

Seats are limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. If the ticket price discourages you from attending, please email us at to inquire about sliding scale pricing.

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Instructor Bio


Fereshteh Toosi’s art work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. She works as an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University and directs the Nature Connection Arts Lab. Fereshteh Toosi

Water Radio

This project invokes the notion of radio as a listening and broadcast technology. How can we learn about a place, specifically Miami’s waterways, while situated directly in that place? How can we listen to what the earth is communicating to us, while also communicating in reciprocity? What happens when we read poetry aloud to/with/for other people, but also to an audience of the land and the sea? How do the mangroves respond to human authors? What kind of poetry does the ocean enjoy? Learn more about Water Radio here: Water Radio

Water Radio is funded in part by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts. Additional support is provided by the Office of the Provost at Florida International University.

Portion of ticket sales will be donated to Love The Everglades

This event takes place on the ancestral homeland of Tequesta, Miccosukee, and Seminole people. Learn more about current issues and actions to protect the watershed here: Love The Everglades

Earlier Event: November 15
O, Miami & The Poetry Coalition at PAMM
Later Event: April 1
O, Miami Festival 2020