O, Miami is a county-wide poetry festival inaugurating in April 2011. Its a month-long series of events and projects with the simple goal of every person in Miami-Dade County finding a poem. Mixing traditional readings with innovative poetry-in-public-places projects, the festival will weave poetry into the fabric of the city’s existing infrastructure and cultural life. Events will be conducted in multiple languages, sometimes simultaneously, often in collaboration with other cultural organizations. O, Miami culminates in a four-day series of readings from April 27-30, 2011 at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Hall on Miami Beach.
On April 28th, James Franco will be at the New World Symphony Hall on Miami Beach reading his own poetry alongside his mentor Tony Hoagland, and Miami’s own Campbell McGrath.
Other O, Miami’s events include: premier readings across geographical, cultural and linguistic divisions, poetic maps and tours of Miami-Dade County, the first-ever Miami Poet Census, poetry lesson plans and activities in schools, collaborations with local universities, museums, and galleries, poems on menus in restaurants, radio spots of poems in English, Spanish and Creole, poems displayed throughout the Miami-Dade Public Library System, as well as poems displayed in public places both expected and unexpected.
Omiami.org, designed by Whitney Biennial 2008 artist David Reinfurt, presents an active digital documentation of our events, activities, and projects.