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LGBT artists to read noon Sunday at O Miami Poetry Festival, The Betsy Hotel in South Beach

News release from O Miami Poetry Festival:

LGBT + Poetry at O, Miami

April 28 - Noon

“I proposed a reading by LGBTIQ artists as part of the 2013 O, Miami Poetry Festival because I like these poets' work,” said "Project Instigator" Kacee Belcher. “But also, promoting the work of the LGBTIQ community is just as important as promoting work that emerges from Little Haiti or Overtown. Miami is a community that's as diverse as the city itself and O, Miami is proud to include every audience that we can possibly can.”

At noon on Sunday, the last Sunday of the 2013 O, Miami Poetry Festival, April 28, free and open to the community at the B Bar at The Betsy Hotel-South Beach will be a reading by Frank O'Hara Prize-winner Stacey Waite and South Florida poets Julie Wade (7-time Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and creative nonfiction), and Neil de la Flor (writer, teacher, photographer and co-recipient of a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to found “Reading Queer,” a new annual literary event to promote Miami as a center for LGBTIQ literature).

The afternoon reading is part of an entire month of projects, interventions and events created as a way to “reimagine what is possible in the presentation of contemporary poetry,” said P. Scott Cunningham, co-founder and director of O, Miami Poetry Festival, created by University of Wynwood, with founding sponsor the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

During the month of April one might have encountered poetry in a wide variety of unlikely places—on a bar coaster, on a lamp post banner, or on a Car2Go air freshener; at April’s Big Night In Little Haiti, at a sporting event, at the pop-up tattoo parlor at the Freehand, or even in the air trailing a plane flying over Miami Beach.

Coming up this weekend, the last weekend of April, of National Poetry Month, and of the festival, will be readings and performances by a wide variety of poets, including Thurston Moore, lead singer of Sonic Youth; Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised poet who read at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration; Megan Amram, a poet, comedian, and writer for the NBC show Parks & Recreation; Kevin Young, Chase Twitchell, Jean Portante, Jose Angel Leyva, Eduardo C. Corral, and Frank Báez; the first-ever poetry parade on South Beach featuring performances by well known dead poets and a poetry-themed flash mob on the very last day of April organized by Jen Karentnick and her creative writing students at the Miami Arts Charter School.

About the LGBT + Poetry poets

Neil de la Flor is a writer, teacher and photographer. His publications include An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013); Sinead O'Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions, 2011), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. He holds a MFA from the University of Miami where he was a James A. Michener Fellow.

Born in Seattle in 1979, Julie Marie Wade completed a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University in 2003, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2012. She is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Kentucky (2010) and a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir (2011) In August 2012, she joined the graduate faculty in creative writing at Florida International University.

Stacey Waite is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has published three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), and the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press). Other honors include the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Her first full-length collection, Butch Geography, has just been released from Tupelo Press.

"Poetry is a living, breathing force that can light up the city. O, Miami is its platform. The written word leaves the printed page for a parade on South Beach, morphs into interpretive dance in Hialeah, and along the way helps art become part of people’s everyday lives,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation.

For more information, please visit OMiami.org

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