5 Ways to Enjoy Literary Miami

BY Rebecca Wallwork | April 2, 2018 | Feature Features

Five poetic places and bookish nooks for enjoying the literary life, Miami style.
O, Miami Poetry Festival founder P. Scott Cunningham

Ode to the 305
Every April, Miamians can stumble across lines of poetry in the most unexpected places as part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival. The goal of the Knight Foundation-supported initiative is for everybody in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem. Look for this year’s installments on street corners, at a softball game, on a boat and on the walls of the Frost Museum of Science. Venues across Miami

Five-Star Reads

Within the walls of The Betsy Hotel, you’ll find a Writer’s Room, lots of bookish nooks to curl up and read and a Panther Coffee Shop, where you can write your masterpiece (or at least a pithy Tweet or two) while enjoying a latte or cold brew. April events include Never Forget – A Holocaust Remembrance on April 12; the annual Under the Influence poetry reading and literary drink tasting with O, Miami on April 15; and a reading featuring Irish poets, another O, Miami event, on April 27. Food for thought, indeed. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 844.539.2840

Toast & Write
A drink, a writing prompt and a generous literary crowd sets the scene for First Draft, a communal writing session meets happy hour event presented by the Miami Book Fair. The first drink of the evening is on the house, and everyone gets a chance to share what they’ve written. The next installment celebrates National Poetry Month with instructor Guillermo Cancio-Bello.
 April 11, 6:30PM, Books & Books at The Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 786.405.1745

Story Spotlight 

Prepare to laugh, cry, cheer and cringe as eight storytellers take the stage for Lip Service, a raucous open-mic night that is part of the Miami Book Fair’s year-round programming. Each participant gets eight minutes to regale the crowd with their story, in a mix of theater and literature. This month’s event takes place in Wynwood and the theme of the night is “Moving On.” April 21, 7:30PM, $20, The Light Box Theater, 404 NW 26th St., Miami

Shop Value
If you like to read, you’re no doubt intimately familiar with at least one of the six local outposts of Books & Books. The beloved indie empire continues to grow with a new Coconut Grove location opening soon. Aside from the latest books and magazines, and in a few locations, excellent cafes, Books & Books is the city’s go-to host for author readings. Highlights at the Coral Gables location this month include Mary Gordon (April 25) and Charles Frazier (April 30). 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305.442.4408

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