Poetry – 2021

For one week only, America’s most important poets are coming to Miami.

Upcoming Events

November 2021

Sunday, November 14 @ 3:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Poesía en español sin fronteras

Volvemos a encontrarnos en persona y los invitamos a una cita con la poesía contemporánea. Alejandro Pérez Cortés, poeta, narrador y profesor mexicano que reside en Estados Unidos, ganó el Premio Paz 2020 organizado por la Feria del Libro de Miami y National Poetry Series, fallado por José Kozer, y presenta: Ima y Coli son el árbol que nunca fue semilla. Joaquín Badajoz, miembro correspondiente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Español (ANLE) ofrece Cántaro,…

Sunday, November 14 @ 5:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Poesía en español sin fronteras

Speakers: Pilar Quintana, Beatriz Mendoza Es un gusto para la Feria recibir este año a la narradora y guionista de cine colombiana Pilar Quintana, ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2021, quien presenta Los abismos, un relato protagonizado por una niña que asume las revelaciones de su madre y los silencios de su padre para empezar a construir su propio mundo. La autora conversará con la escritora y periodista Beatriz Mendoza. Este evento requiere entradas: Gratis.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

2020 National Poetry Series Winners

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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features W.J. Herbert on Dear Specimen: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Kwame Dawes,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

A New Reckoning: Two Graywolf Poets on Spirituality, Survival, & the Second Book

The Renunciations: Poems is a book of resilience, survival, and the journey to radically shift one’s sense of self in the face of trauma. Moving between a childhood marked by love and abuse and the breaking marriage of that adult child, Donika Kelly charts memory and the body as landscapes to be traversed and tended. These poems construct life rafts and sanctuaries even in their most devastating confrontations with what a person can bear, with how families harm themselves.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

A Reading & Conversation With Ana Castillo

In My Book of the Dead: New Poems, essayist, editor, activist, novelist, and translator Ana Castillo returns to her first literary love, poetry, and unflinchingly addresses some of the bitter realities of the past decade: the environmental crisis, COVID-19, children in detention camps, and Trump’s presidency. Moderated by author Michael Torres, An Incomplete List of Names: Poems. Sponsored by…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

A U.S. Poet Laureate in Conversation

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, celebrates the stories of her ancestors and family as well as the influences that shaped her work in Poet Warrior: A Memoir. As she recounts her journey of becoming, moving fluidly between prose, song, and poetry, she lays down a spiritual map to help us all find home. Moderated by Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress. Sponsored by…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

2020 National Poetry Series Winners

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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Trevor Ketner on [WHITE], in conversation with the judge who selected their manuscript, Forrest Gander,

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

FSG Celebrates 75 Years of Poetry: Frank Bidart & Yusef Komunyakaa

In Against Silence: Poems, Frank Bidart writes of the cycles we cannot escape and the feelings we cannot forget. Our history is not a tabula rasa, but a repeating, refining story of love and hate, of words spoken and cruelties enacted. Moving among the dead and the living, the figures of his life and of his past, Bidart calls forth – with nothing settled and nothing forgotten, we must speak. Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Hard-Earned Wisdom: Two Poets on Small Ecstasies & Difficult Loves

In The Impossible: Poems, Deborah DeNicola explores landscapes of her own passion, her mother’s decline, and her father’s life, death, and imagined afterlife with hard-earned wisdom, transforming the personal into something beyond universal – the possibility that each life, encompassing its own suffering, questing, and small ecstasies, is really a stage toward a greater “becoming.” Barbra Nightingale is full of vulnerability, smarts, and sometimes hilarity in Spells & Other Ways of Flying: Poems. She brings her witchy poetry powers to poems of both difficult and wonderful loves,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Loaded Terms: Poets on Identity & Truth

In Extremely Lightweight Guns: Poems, Nikki Moustaki explores femininity in contexts that grapple with violence, mental illness, loss, love, and relationships. She probes these themes through various provocative narratives, settings, and forms, from prose to diary-like entries. In her debut collection Tortillera: Poems, Caridad Moro-Gronlier not only applies the homophobic Spanish-language term for lesbians to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Three Poets on Hurricanes, History & the Converse MFA

When her Florida apartment is damaged by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, Denise Duhamel turns to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” Throughout her new poetry collection, Second Story: Poems, she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, hyper aware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. With fear of the water below and a burglar who enters through her second story window, she bravely faces the story under the story, the second story we often neglect to tell.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

2020 National Poetry Series Winners

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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Devon Walker-Figueroa on Philomath: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Sally Keith,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Our Brief & Earthly Inheritance: Two Poets on the Art of Making Do

The poems in Jim Daniels’ Gun/Shy deal with the emotional weight of making do. Tinged with both the regrets and wisdom of aging, his poems measure the wages of love in a changing world with its vanishing currency. He finds solace in small miracles, exploring family work, childhood and adolescence, and his own mortality. He examines race, white privilege, America’s gun culture, and factory work, the myths we memorize to help us sleep at night, those that keep us awake and trembling.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: Pablo Medina & Achy Obejas

In his collection The Foreigner’s Song: New and Selected Poems, Cuban-born American poet Pablo Medina reaches back to his six previous published collections and all the way to his first, published in 1975, adding 19 new works. His prose has a dreamlike quality in which familiarity and certainty surrender to strangeness. Achy Obejas’ Boomerang/Bumerán: Poetry/Poesía is a bilingual collection of lyrical poetry written in bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish that addresses immigration, displacement, love, and activism.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Hyam Plutzik 32 Poems // 32 Poemas

32 Poems // 32 Poemas is a new bilingual (Spanish and English) edition of selected poems by the American poet Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962). Fourteen poets and scholars have contributed, engaging in cross-cultural dialogue with the legacy of a mid-20th- century American poet from the Jewish diaspora. Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962) spoke only Yiddish and Russian at home and did not learn English until he attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Connecticut. Educated at Trinity College and Yale University, he taught for 16 years in the English department of the University of Rochester before his untimely death,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On A Quilt for David & Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis

In poetry and prose, Steven Reigns’ A Quilt for David explores the story of David Acer, whose homosexuality and sickly appearance from AIDS-related illness made him the perfect scapegoat and a victim of mob mentality in his conservative, early 1990s-era Florida town. Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis is Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s wide-ranging collection of stories from a generation that came of age during the epidemic and had to confront the notion that desire led to death.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

2020 National Poetry Series Winners

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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Teresa K. Miller on Borderline Fortune, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Carol Muske-Dukes,

Wednesday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed

72nd Annual National Book Awards

Miami Book Fair joins the National Book Foundation to livestream the National Book Awards from New York City! Tune in to be among the first to learn who the winners are across its five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation. Sponsored by…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

2020 National Poetry Series Winners

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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Amanda Moore on Requeening: Poems, in conversation with David St. John, The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

A Reading & Conversation With Kevin Young

Whether it’s the fireflies of a Louisiana summer caught in a mason jar (doomed by their collection), or his grandmother, Mama Annie, who latches the screen door when someone steps out for just a moment, all that makes up our flickering precarious joy, all that we want to protect, is lifted into the light in this moving book. Stones: Poems becomes an ode to Kevin Young’s home places and his dear departed, and to what of them – of us – poetry can save.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

This Moment in Time: David Kirby & Barbara Hamby in Conversation

In Help Me, Information: Poems, David Kirby’s works move the way the mind does on a good day, puddle-jumping from one topic to another and then coming in for a soft landing. In The Knowledge: Where Poems Come From and How to Write Them, five-time teaching award winner Kirby invites college students to learn the complex, playful, and meditative art form of poetry, offering tips, talking points, and unique prompts in each chapter. “Holoholo” is the Hawaiian word for walking out with no destination in mind.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Three Poets on Geography, Intimacy & Dislocation

In All the Names Given: Poems, Raymond Antrobus outlines a childhood caught between intimacy and brutality, sound and silence, and conflicting racial and cultural identities – shifting fluidly between England, South Africa, Jamaica, and the American South. This Alaska by Carlie Hoffman interrogates all that emotional and physical intimacy cannot salvage or keep warm. To live in an Alaska of the mind is to map the imagined cartography of winter on all that is physical, to dwell perpetually in a symbolic cold,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Rita Dove & Campbell McGrath: On Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s first volume of new works in 12 years, is an exploration of the wavering moral compass guiding America’s and the world’s experiments in democracy. Joining her to discuss these new works is her friend and fellow poet, Campbell McGrath. This is a ticketed event: $20. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: 72nd Annual National Book Award Winners

Ruth Dickey, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will lead a lively Q&A with the most recent winners of the National Book Awards in all five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation. Sponsored by…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Many Possibilities: A Conversation With Adrian Matejka & Shara McCallum

The poems in Adrian Matejka’s newest and fifth collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, meditate on the ways we exist in an uncontrollable world: in love and its aftermaths, in families that divide themselves, in protest-filled streets, in isolation as routines become obsolete because of lockdown orders and curfews. Somebody Else uses past and future touchstones like pop songs, love notes, and imaginary gossip to illuminate those moments of splendor that persist even in exhaustion. These poems show that there are many possibilities of brightness and hope,…

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