Poetry – 2018

America’s most important poets are coming to Miami! For one weekend only, Miami Book Fair will showcase the best poetry from around the world. Featuring National Book Award Winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and other masters of poetry, including Kwame Dawes, Jorie Graham, Layli Long Soldier, sam sax, Charles Simic, Patricia Smith, Gerald Stern, as well as local Miami poets Denise Duhamel, Michael Hettich, Aja Monet, Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, and many more!

Past Events

November 2018

Saturday, November 17 @ 10:30 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Poets on the Human Condition

In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown explores complex legacies of family, race, and illness in the American South. At the core of Libby Burton’s Soft Volcano lie the marks of woe and time left upon the body after love is strained or abandoned. Jodie Hollander charts a story of familial understanding and reconciliation in My Dark Horses. Erika Meitner plumbs human resilience in the face of disaster and uncertainty, refusing to settle for easy answers in Holy Moly Carry Me.…

Saturday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Award-Winning Readings: National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Poetry

Celebrate the 2018 National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Poetry, in recognition of some of the most outstanding poetry collections published in the U.S. this year. Moderated by Denise Duhamel.  Sponsored by

Saturday, November 17 @ 1:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Poetry is Alive and Well in Florida

People often say that poetry is dead, but these four Florida authors prove that poetry is very much alive and well. P. Scott Cunningham explores contradiction and revelation in Ya Te Veo, remixing everything from Garth Brooks to Wu-Tang Clan. The poems in Steve Kronen’s Homage to Mistress Oppenheimer tackle the spaces between science and God, between the apocalyptic and the everyday. Mia Leonin’s Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child traces the story of Micaela,…

Saturday, November 17 @ 3:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Celebrating the 2017 National Poetry Series Winners with Founder Daniel Halpern

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize for Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This 40th anniversary event gathers the five winners of 2017: Lindsay Bernal, Jos Charles, Dominique Christina, J. Michael Martinez, and GennaRose Nethercott.…

Saturday, November 17 @ 4:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

If They Come for Us: Four Fierce and Tender Debuts

Fatimah Asghar’s If They Come for Us grapples with questions of sexuality, race, violence, and healing. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo examines the fallout of immigration, the illusion of the American dream, and the latent anxieties of living in a queer brown undocumented body in Cenzontle. Tiana Clark delves in to the physical and psychic traumas of the South through personal and public histories in I Can’t Talk about the Trees Without the Blood. In Citizen Illegal,…

Sunday, November 18 @ 10:30 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Anthologies that Rock and Resist

The BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic edited by Mahogany L. Browne, focuses on some of the most exciting Black women writing today, breaking up the myth of hip-hop as a boys’ club and asserting the truth that the cypher is a feminine form. In Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence compiled by Brian Clements, poems focusing on the crisis of gun violence in America are followed by a response from activists, politicians, and survivors.…

Sunday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

World of Wonder: Poetry in Nature

John Freeman’s Maps charts legacies of ruin and construction, illness and memory, empire and experience from Rio de Janeiro to Rome. Barbara Hamby hits the road hard in this contemporary Bird Odyssey, from Siberia to New Orleans with Elvis, Tolstoy, Homer, and more. Aimee Nezhukumatathil creates a thorough registry of the earth’s magic in Oceanic, studying the many forms of love with reverence and sincerity. Maureen Seaton, Fisher meditates on wilderness,…

Sunday, November 18 @ 1:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

ReadCaribbean Presents Three Groundbreaking Poets

Ruth Behar explores the sacrifices of her exiled Cuban ancestors alongside her own vulnerabilities in Everything I Kept/Todo Lo Que Guardé. Loretta Collins Klobah reveals the secret heart of Puerto Rico in Ricantations, where shiny modernity gives way to spirit presences before and after Hurricane Maria. I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara is Rajiv Mohabir’s translation of the only known literary work written in 1916 by an indentured servant in British Guayana. Sponsored by

Sunday, November 18 @ 2:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Two U.S. Poets Laureate: A Reading and Conversation

Former U.S. Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Juan Felipe Herrera read from their latest books and discuss the necessity of poetry. In The Rain in Portugal, Collins contemplates everything from the whimsical—Shakespeare flying first class—to the elegiac—his reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. In Jabberwalking, Herrera shares the secrets of how to turn the wonders of the world into weird, wild, incandescent poetry as a poet on the move. Moderated by Library of Congress Head of Poetry and Literature Center,…

Sunday, November 18 @ 3:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Intolerable Violences: Writing into the Wound

Duy Doan examines the ambiguities and tensions that mark our efforts to know our histories, our loved ones, and ourselves in We Play a Game. Joseph Legaspi’s Threshold explores the fluidity of gender, time, and love in the seemingly perpetual in-between. In Not Here, Hieu Minh Nguyen navigates whiteness, trauma, family, and nostalgia in poems that ache with both loneliness and hope. Emily Jungmin Yoon’s A Cruelty Specific to Our Species confronts the histories of sexual violence against women,…

Sunday, November 18 @ 4:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Voices of American Poetry

In a world where facts are easily manufactured and ruin is easily achieved, Tom Sleigh’s House of Fact, House of Ruin urges toward a different freedom. In Things as It Is, Chase Twichell lifts up the joy of the moment while mourning a changing world. Kevin Young speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, and vice versa in Brown, recalling his own Kansas boyhood alongside the histories of Emmett Till and Booker Wright.…

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