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Success C ult ur e
A month-long initiative inundating our locals
with luxurious lyrics of the highest caliber, the
O, Miami Poetry Festival is frankly the most
important community carouse of the year.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
Ask most folks to picture our Magic City, and images of scantily
clad celebrities, beautiful beachside views and pulse-pounding
pool parties immediately come to mind. And for good reason.
Our city’s status as a much sought-after destination is a hard-
won designation that’s allowed us to rise from winter roost for
snowbirds to mainstay metropolis and global actor. Intent that
our city’s culture should shine just as brightly as its glittering
skyscrapers comes the O, Miami Poetry Festival, a month-long
community-propelled movement deadset that every resident
and vistor in Miami encounter a poem in the month of April.
From impressing verse on our beaches with their “Poetry Roller”
(patent pending) to posting powerful poetics on the sides of our
public transit vehicles, O, Miami reminds even jaded locals what
a magical, mysterious place we inhabit. “Miami is an ideal space
to have a poetry festival,” says P. Scott Cunningham, Founder
& Director of the fest. “There’s an incredible spirit of cultural
innovation here. This city is very open to new ideas, new methods
and new combinations, and that’s the environment that O, Miami
thrives in.”; OMiami.org.