So don’t worry if poetry readings aren’t your style (though there will be some of those too), because there are plenty of other ways to participate. Join the opening ceremony with legend Trick Daddy, pair poetry and tattoos with ink master Duke Snyder and poet Tom Healy, or take in a new dance/poetry piece by Merce Cunningham alumni.
Here are nine more ways to engage in this year’s festival:
- Write a 100-word poem (in English or in Spanish) that contains the line “That’s so Miami.” If participating on Twitter or Instagram be sure to tag it with #thatssomiami. Poems will be played onWLRN 91.3FM and the best ones published in a book.
- Submit a 50-character poem to email@example.com. One winning poem flown up and down Miami Beach on April 27 and 28.
- Find out how your zip code celebrated Poetry Month in the past. Read words that emerged out of poems either presented or collected around Miami, then click through to view events or projects.
- Join local open mic readings on April 4 and April 17 at The Betsey Hotel - they’re also hosting a “poetry soapbox” everyday at 5 p.m. where local poets will read on the front steps of the hotel. And check out O, Miami’s calendar for dozens of other events including Poetry is for the Dogs, Poets That Rock!, Pin Up Poetry and more.
- Read “8 ways a cultural event can transcend genre, geography and demographics” by O, Miami Festival’s co-founder and director, Scott Cunningham.
- Be on the lookout for a special local poem which will be pasted on 100 lampposts banners throughout Greater Miami as well as a poetry-themed flash mob. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: "FLASH MOB" if you're interested in getting involved.
- For more ideas, click here to head over to the Knight Foundation's blog.