O, Miami Poetry Festival at Mana Wynwood

April 2016


O, Miami Poetry Festival at Mana Wynwood


Every April, the O, Miami Poetry Festival strives to deliver a poem to every single person in Miami-Dade County. Combining poetry-in-public-places projects with innovative, cross-genre events, the festival celebrates Miami and expands the definition of a poem. This year’s festival features 38 events over 30 days. Mana Wynwood is proud to host four events throughout the month as part of O, Miami.

April 17
The BreakBeat Poets Performance
RC Cola Plant
4PM – 6PM

The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket, 2015) is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation, celebrating a break with the past while honoring of the traditions of the genre. Editor Kevin Covall and poet Malcolm London will lead a hip-hop poetry cipher in front of the RC Cola Plant’s murals. The show will feature performers from local organization Path to Hip-Hop, as well as Miami artist and activist Sekajipo.

This event is free and open to the public.

April 18
The BreakBeat Poets Student Workshop
RC Cola Plant
3:30PM – 5:30PM

Hip hop’s influence on contemporary poetry is undeniable, but until the release of The Breakbeat Poets (Haymarket, 2015), it wasn’t properly documented. The editors of that best-selling book, including renowned spoken word poet Kevin Covall, lead “It’s Where You’re At,” an afternoon cypher-style workshop based on the aesthetics and cultural context of the RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, and Miami graffiti culture.

Participants will be given writing prompts, learn more about this cultural moment in their city from a teaching artist at Path to Hip-Hop, and share what they’ve written.

This event is open to the public and designed for high school students.

April 22 and 23
Poetry Press Week Programs 1 and 2
Mana Wynwood
7:30PM – 9:30PM

On April 22 and 23, Mana Wynwood will host Poetry Press Week. Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2013, Poetry Press Week is a showcase of new works of poetry by established and emerging poets before an audience of press, publishers, and the public.

Modeled after fashion week, when designers send new work down a runway via models, this event encourages featured poets to choose a novel method of presentation best suited to their work. Influential editors, mixed in with the public, get the first crack at choosing that work for publication. Editors on this year’s guest list include Elizabeth Scanlon, Editor of American Poetry Review; Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry Editor of Los Angeles Review of Books; Major Jackson, Poetry Editor of Harvard Review; and Saeed Jones, Editor of Buzzfeed Literary.

Featured poets for program 1 (Friday, April 22):
Jaswinder Bolina, Cherry Pickman, Annik Adey-Babinski, Chastity Hale, and Aja Monet

Featured poets for program 2 (Saturday, April 23):
Laurel Nakanishi, Denise Duhamel, Gregg Shapiro, M.J. Fievre, and Yaddyra Peralta

The event is free with RSVP (required).


Photo by Gesi Schilling