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February 2019

Saturday, February 23 @ 1:00 pm
The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street , Miami, 33127 United States

Teen Poetry Workshop with Rudi Goblen

Saturday, February 23 (1 day) 1 – 4 p.m. | The Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse This three-hour poetry workshop is just for teens. Start the new year inspired to write and perform your own poetry out loud with acclaimed B-Boy, performance artist, and published poet Rudi Goblen. Workshop in partnership with Miami Light Project Rudi Goblen (writer, dancer, actor, and music producer) was commissioned by Miami Light Project to create the solo dance theatre performances Insanity Isn’t,…

Saturday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Cinderella

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Cinderella (based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault) Saturdays, February 7 – March 21 @ 2 p.m. Loved the world over, Charles Perrault’s classic tale of a young lady’s struggle to overcome the tyranny of her wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters springs to life. Toss in a zany Fairy Godmother with two comical assistants, a Prince who is having parental problems of his own,…

Saturday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Into The Woods, JR!

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Into The Woods, JR! (based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series)! Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m. (Beans Cast) Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. (Nectarines Cast) The Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into The Woods JR.

Saturday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

Carlos Gámez Pérez presenta Malas noticias desde la isla

El autor estará en conversación con el escritor Hernán Vera Álvarez. En un futuro no muy lejano, cuatro inmigrantes arriesgarán su vida en un “juego” donde la apuesta es alcanzar la Tierra Prometida de lo que otrora se llamara Europa. Carlos Gámez Pérez nos entrega esta visión distópica, en un mundo que a ratos tristemente parece demasiado próximo, ante el resurgimiento de los nacionalismos a nivel global. Carlos Gámez (Barcelona. 1969), es escritor y profesor. En 2012 ganó el premio Cafè Món por el libro de relatos Artefactos (Sloper,…

Sunday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm
Everglades National Park: Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center
40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 United States

The Big Read Kickoff: Sundays in the Park with AIRIE

In partnership with AIRIE – Artists in Residence in the Everglades (https://airie.org/) Miccosukee native Betty Osceola along with AIRIE Fellow Cathy Byrd, and others, will discuss conservation efforts in the Florida Everglades, their effects on indigenous ways of life, and how to effectively communicate environmental concerns through the cultural arts. Fresh Art International will stream the discussion LIVE on the web on Jolt Radio. For more information about this event, visit  https://airie.org/category/events/ Free and open to the public Location: Everglades National Park – Ernest F.…

March 2019

Saturday, March 2 @ 9:00 am
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum
30290 Josie Billie Hwy, PMB 1003, Clewiston, FL 33440 United States

Big Read Field Trip to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum

Join us for an educational and immersive trip to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum in Clewiston, FL. There will be a guided tour of the museum including a 20-minute film and free time to explore the boardwalk which takes you through a natural cypress dome. The bus will leave from the front of The Freedom Tower at 600 Biscayne Blvd.  promptly at 9 a.m. and leave Clewiston to return at 4 p.m.. The cost is $20, payable in advance when you reserve your spot on the bus.…

Saturday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Picnic de Libros para toda la familia

La Feria del Libro de Miami, del Miami Dade College; la Fundación Cuatrogatos y Conecta Miami Arts presentan Picnic de Libros, un evento cultural gratuito, dirigido a los niños y a las familias de Miami, que busca fomentar la lectura y el gusto por los libros y la literatura. Las actividades esa tarde incluirán la obra de teatro para niños El camino del bosque, producida por Artefactus Cultural Project. Los niños también disfrutarán de una performance musical a cargo de Michael Gil;…

Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Instituto Cultural de México en Miami
1399 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130 United States

Encuentro con la escritora mexicana Silvia Molina

La Fundación Cuatrogatos y el Instituto Cultural de México en Miami, con el apoyo del Programa de Autores Iberoamericanos de la Feria del Libro del Miami Dade College y de Cinco Books, invitan a un encuentro con la destacada escritora mexicana Silvia Molina. La autora conversará sobre su trayectoria literaria y su trabajo dedicado a los niños y jóvenes. Además presentará su libro Le comieron la lengua los ratones, ilustrado por Cecilia Varela y publicado por la editorial CIDCLI, ganador del Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos 2019.…

Thursday, March 7 @ 8:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

Keynote Address: Joy Harjo, author of How We Became Human in conversation with Natalie Diaz

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses, have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. …

All day event.
Friday, March 8
Various Locations

Poetry Workshops with High School Students

Award-winning poets Joy Harjo and Natalie Diaz will facilitate community poetry workshops for local high school students. They will each visit separate local high school classes, where each student in the workshop will receive a copy of either Joy Harjo’s How We Became Human or Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec.…

Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (March 2019)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Anjanette Delgado Theme: How to Write Real People Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Saturday, March 16 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller: “El cuento: el Frankenstein despierto” con Carlos Pintado

Taller de 8 semanas, los sábados de 10:00 am. a 12:00 pm. Del 16 de marzo al 4 de mayo Objetivo: Al final de las ocho semanas del taller, los participantes habrán escrito, al menos, un cuento que habrá sido analizado y debatido por el instructor y los demás integrantes del grupo. Sobre del taller: Durante los encuentros semanales que tendrán lugar en el marco del taller, los participantes serán guiados por el instructor para conocer y poner en práctica diferentes técnicas narrativas,…

Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:00 pm
Centro Cultural Español
1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 United States

¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor!, con Lizette Espinosa

Una tertulia literaria guiada. Embriaga a tu editor interno y exprésate con libertad. Así es como funciona: te damos un tema, escribes durante diez minutos. Si quieres, compartes el texto con el resto de los participantes. Hacemos una pausa para socializar y para que tomes una copa (¡la primera la invita la casa!). Repetimos la dinámica. Tema: El uso de la imagen en la poesía. Lizette Espinosa: Poeta cubana nacida en La Habana, Cuba, (1969). Autora de los poemarios: Pas de Deux,…

Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Instituto Cultural de México en Miami
1399 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130 United States

El poeta zapoteco Esteban Ríos Cruz, ganador del Premio Nacional de Literatura Nezahualcóyotl 2018, presenta su poemario Xaniaa gueela´/Al pie de la noche.

En el marco del programa The Big Read de la Feria del Libro de Miami, el Programa de Autores Iberoamericanos presenta al poeta zapoteco Esteban Ríos Cruz, ganador del Premio Nacional de Literatura Nezahualcóyotl 2018. El autor dará a conocer su poemario Xaniaa gueela´/Al pie de la noche y conversará sobre la experiencia de escribir en una lengua originaria de México como un acto de orgullo de sus raíces indígenas y de reivindicación cultural de los pueblos aborígenes. Esteban Ríos Cruz (Asunción Ixtaltepec,…

April 2019

Tuesday, April 2 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (April 2019)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: JV Portela Theme: Reading to Transform & Translate Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Saturday, April 27 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! (based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series)! Saturdays, April 25 – May 23 @ 2 p.m. The Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series comes to life onstage in Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! This pop culture phenomenon follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher, who is extremely worried about his first day of school tomorrow.…

May 2019

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

2019 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019. This book festival, which features vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. Simultaneous interpretation in English when appropriate. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59 Ter. Miami,…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Craft & Voice: Poetry Workshop with Ilya Kaminsky

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this class, we will talk about poems from around the world and also discuss your own work. Everyone will receive a line-by-line reading of their poetry. The details, images and sounds, the aspects of line, line-break, metaphor, and other tools of our craft will be discussed in depth. The focus here is on you: how can your work grow, develop, what tools of poetic craft might best fit your voice?…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Experimental Writing for Non-Experimental Writers with Porochista Khakpour

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. What does it mean for writing to be experimental? The great writer Margaret Atwood defines it as writing “that sets up certain rules for itself . . . while subverting the conventions according to which readers have understood what constitutes a proper work of literature.” In making its own rules, a lot of the old rules have to be tossed out, of course, and so this workshop provides a few examples of the most innovative,…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Screenwriting Inside Out with Julia Solomonoff

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This workshop focuses on character-driven storytelling, going beyond plot formulas and binary morals.  A study of contemporary screenplays and films with complex protagonists and challenging relationships (character introduction, intimate moments, dramatic tension, the “necessary and unavoidable” obstacle, exploring theme and story, subtext and text) Format: A healthy mix of lecture and workshop, viewing clips, analyzing scenes from screenplays, and creating a scene with dramatic tension.…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Wildness and Carefulness of Writing a Novel with Moriel Rothman-Zecher

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 8 – 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In order to create a new universe — i.e., a novel — a writer needs a sense of recklessness, boldness, imagination, and wildness. But in order to tame this universe, to sharpen its logics, and to make enough sense out of its rhythms to tell a compelling story, a writer needs discipline, methodology, grit, and carefulness. In this workshop, we will explore the contradictory and complementary ideas of wildness and carefulness in novel writing,…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

What We Remember: A Workshop on Character and Memory in Fiction with Angela Flournoy

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Embedded in the stories we write are numerous smaller stories–the ones characters tell themselves about the lives they’ve led and the people they’ve known, which combine to give us a fuller sense of characters and their concerns. We will examine memory as a vital tool for character development, and we will look at the ways that memory can influence nearly every other element of a work of fiction.…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 10:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Manuscript Consultations with Melissa Danaczko

Various times, as appointed (Wed., May 8 – Sat., May 11) | Consultations are limited to 30 people. Genre preferences: All Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Adult Non-Fiction (aside from prescriptive non-fiction, cookbooks, and art/design books). Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Must include a single-spaced, one-page synopsis of your manuscript-in-progress. Formatting: Please submit your sample material double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-pt font, and include page numbers. Include your name and email in the header of each page.…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Wednesday Reader Bundle (lunch + craft talks)

12:30 p.m.: Literary luncheon with readings by Angela Flournoy & Ilya Kaminsky (lunch included) 2:30 p.m.: Craft talk series with Porochista Khakpour & Moriel Rothman-Zecher Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. Porochista Khakpour TBD On Writing Younger Protagonists in Adult Fiction with Moriel Rothman-Zecher In many literary novels that are geared toward adults but centered around teenage characters,…

Wednesday, May 8 @ 6:45 pm
MDC’s Tower Theater
1508 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Film Screening & Discussion with Writer / Director Julia Solomonoff

Nadie nos mira / Nobody’s Watching is a film about the struggle of self-imposed exile; how the pleasures of anonymity and freedom contrast with the pain of loneliness and loss that shapes immigrant experience. Nico, mid 30s, is a young Argentine actor fighting to build a career in the US, without assistance, or connections, never too far from heart-breaking failure, but often blinded by the mirage of immediate success. Followed by a discussion with writer and director Julia Solomonoff. …

Thursday, May 9 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Thursday Reader Bundle (lunch + craft talks)

12:30 p.m.: Literary luncheon with a reading by Porochista Khakpour (lunch included) 2:30 p.m.: Craft talk series with Angela Flournoy & Ilya Kaminsky Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. On Writing the Group with Angela Flournoy This craft talk will examine the benefits and challenges of working with a large cast of characters in fiction, with a focus on techniques to ensure adequate characterization and depth.…

Thursday, May 9 @ 6:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (2019 Writers Institute Edition)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Writers Institute Edition Instructor: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (followed by A Night With the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Hanah Lillith Assadi, Akwaeke Emezi, Lydia Kiesling, and Moriel Rothman-Zecher) Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt.…

Thursday, May 9 @ 6:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Trabajar entre líneas. Un taller de lecto-escritura literaria con Andrés Neuman

Curso de tres clases: 9, 10 y 11 de mayo Jueves 9 y viernes 10: 6:00 p.m. a 9:00 p.m. Sábado 11: de 10:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Un curso intensivo con un enfoque dinámico, no académico y que pondrá énfasis en los aspectos prácticos a lo largo de tres sesiones: 1- Principios y finales, dedicada al análisis formal de primeras y/o últimas páginas de diversas novelas clásicas; 2-Escribir=reescribir: una sesión dedicada a leer y revisar distintos textos de las personas inscritas,…

Thursday, May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

A Night With the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

6:30 p.m.  | First Draft: Miami Writers Institute Edition 8 p.m. | A Night with the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program honors young fiction writers at the beginning of their careers. Every year, five National Book Award Finalists select one promising writer each to recognize at the beginning of National Book Awards week in November; each Honoree is under 35 and has published one novel or short story collection.…

Friday, May 10 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Friday Reader Bundle (lunch + publishing seminar with Melissa Danaczko)

1-Day Publishing Seminar (lunch included) Friday, May 10 | 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. How do you find an agent—and do you even need one? What is the editorial process like? What role does a publisher play in terms of production, sales, marketing, publicity, etc? Do authors need to participate in social media? As an emerging writer, it can be incredibly difficult to navigate this space. With over a decade of publishing experience, Melissa Danaczko will walk you through the process of preparing your manuscripts and query letters;…

Saturday, May 18 @ 8:00 pm
The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street , Miami, 33127 United States

Lip Service Presents a Night of True Stories, Out Loud (May 2019)

Tickets: $20 (scroll down to purchase!) LIP SERVICE: True Stories, Out Loud is the smartest, hottest, and most honest storytelling event in South Florida. A blend of theater, storytelling, and literature, Lip Service features eight true stories presented before a live audience. The stories presented at Lip Service shows are hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring—and all true! Please note: Lip Service stories and language may not be appropriate for children. Want to be part of the next show? Send your true,…

July 2019

Saturday, July 6 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Puss in Boots

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Puss in Boots (a musical retelling of the classic tale by Charles Perrault)! Saturdays, July 6 – 27, 2019 @ 2 p.m. Everyone’s favorite swashbuckling “Feline in Footwear” shines in this musical retelling of the classic tale by Charles Perrault. Discover how Puss gets his Bodacious Boots and Flashy Fedora, and then join him as he helps the Miller’s youngest son go from rags to riches.…

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