Poetry – 2019

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.

Upcoming Events

November 2019

Friday, November 22 @ 10:00 am
The Porch
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Teen Poetry Showcase

Northwest corner of N.E. 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue Teen Poetry Showcase featuring the powerful voices of Miami’s best budding new poets AK Kirkland, Kayra Serpenguzel, Christopher Badillo, Nasir Sims, and Lamaria Washington from Dranoff’s Piano Slam and writers from MBF’s Speak Up: Teen Poetry and Performance Program Alexandra Ceballos, Mitch Poole, Jessica Elkins, Jose Arriaza, Maria Arango, Melly Lopez, and Nathaniel Gordon.…

Saturday, November 23 @ 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 winner in Poetry

The National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards recognizes some of the most outstanding poetry collections published in the U.S. each year. Moderated by poet Denise Duhamel.  Dan Beachy-Quick, Variations on Dawn and Dusk Jericho Brown, The Tradition Toi Derricotte, “I”: New and Selected Poems Camonghne Felix, Build Yourself a Boat Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic Ariana Reines, A Sand Book Brian Teare, Doomstead Days Sponsored by …

Saturday, November 23 @ 1:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Campbell McGrath and Sharon Olds: A Reading and Conversation

Two of the best-loved and most celebrated poets of our time, Campbell McGrath and Sharon Olds, share the stage to discuss their newest books. Nothing is too large or small to remain untouched by McGrath’s voracious intellect and deep empathy in Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems. Olds gives us radical new poems of intimate life and political conscience, of race and class and a mother’s violence in Arias. In conversation with Jeffrey Brown, PBS NewsHour.

Saturday, November 23 @ 1:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

A Brave New World: Four Poets on American Life

Jaswinder Bolina explores life in an America that alienates, yet whose benefits still touch your life in The 44th of July; Lenny DellaRocca’s The Festival of Dangerous Ideas conjures a nightmare world set in in the not-too distant-future. Michael Hettich’s poems bring awareness to the fraught and fragile natural world in To Start an Orchard, and Elizabeth Jacobson observes nature’s strange and dazzling discoveries in Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air.

Saturday, November 23 @ 2:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: A Reading and Conversation

Joy Harjo reads from her latest book, An American Sunrise, and discusses her role as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, and the first Native American to hold the position. In conversation with Library of Congress Head of Poetry and Literature Center Robert Casper.…

Saturday, November 23 @ 3:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Celebrating the 2018 National Poetry Series Winners with Dan 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 in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This event gathers 2018’s six winners: Christopher Kondrich, Rosalie Moffett, Daniel Poppick, Jon Sands, Jake Skeets, and Paz Prize recipient Johanny Vázquez Paz. …

Saturday, November 23 @ 4:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Four Poets on Trauma, Tenderness, and Survival

In A Fortune for Your Disaster, Hanif Abdurraqib wrestles with histories, heartbreak, and forgiveness, from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla. Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin’s empowering, feminist-LGBTQ+-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time. Franny Choi explores how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation in Soft Science. Ladan Osman explores displacement and alienation in Somali narrative tradition in Exiles of Eden.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 11:00 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Four Poets: An Act of Witness and Reclamation

Abigail Chabitnoy, t’ai freedom ford, Darius V. Daughtry, Ashley M. Jones In How to Dress a Fish, poet Abigail Chabitnoy, of Aleut descent, addresses the lives disrupted by US Indian boarding school policy. , “t’ai freedom ford’s second collection of poems, & more black, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK.  Equal parts praise dance and eulogy, Darius V. Daughtry‘s And the Walls Came Tumbling is full of vulnerable,…

Sunday, November 24 @ 12:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Language of Women: A Poetry Reading

In Hybrida, Tina Chang contemplates raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States. All Its Charms chronicles Keetje Kuipers’ decision to become a single mother by choice and marry the woman she loves. Deborah Landau observes how fear of annihilation expands beyond the self to an imperiled planet on which all inhabitants are Soft Targets. Stephanie Strickland answers the unanswerable, expressing grief for historic,…

Sunday, November 24 @ 2:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Four Florida Poets: A Reading

In Exoskeletal, C. M. Clark compiles a hypothetical Silk Road of tweets, memes, and other viral oddities to shape a new archeology. M.J. Fievre addresses the emotional contradictions of depression, anxiety, grief, and loss in Happy, Okay? Oscar Fuentes’ Welcome Home imagines the journey that brings each person to the 1Hotel South Beach. Key West Nights & Other Aftershocks by Carolina Hospital chronicles a woman’s encounters with cultural fragmentation and assimilation, violence and recovery,…

Sunday, November 24 @ 2:30 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

We Cannot Be Silent: Four Poets Confront Atrocity

In Felon, Reginald Dwayne Betts tells the story of post-incarceration existence and examines prison, not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Jericho Brown’s The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. In Deaf Republic, Ilya Kaminsky confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them. Naomi Shihab Nye’s The Tiny Journalist puts a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Poets on Representation and Reinvention

In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao confronts the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them. Emily Skaja’s Brute arises, brave and furious, from the dissolution of a relationship, showing how such endings necessitate self-discovery and reinvention. Yanyi considers how to speak with multiple identities through trauma, transition, and ordinary life in The Year of Blue Water.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 4:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Back to the Future: Four Poets Traverse History

John Balaban considers the history of America from the rubble of the World Trade Center to the Vietnam War in Empires. Lola Haskins’ Asylum imagines the journey Romantic poet John Clare might have taken if, when he escaped the madhouse, he had been traveling in his head. More Than This by David Kirby goes back in time and out in space with the roadhouse fervor of early rock ‘n’ roll. Cowboy poet Sean Sexton finds extraordinary beauty in the often difficult everyday life of a Florida cattle rancher in May Darkness Restore.…

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