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Poetry Paella – a delicious end to O, Miami Poetry Festival May 20, 2015

Poetry Paella on South Beach by Chauncey Mabe from The Best American Poetry, 5/19/2015 A Delicious end to Miami’s National Poetry Month in Miami Almost nothing went as planned for Poetry Paella, the annual event that closes out National Poetry Month at The Betsy Hotel (thebetsyhotel.com). Torrential rains forced the occasion indoors. Featured poet Gerald […]

Welcoming Brian Blanchfield to The Betsy Writer’s Room May 11, 2015

Brian Blanchfield is the author of two books of poetry, Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award and was named a longlist finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. His collection of literary essays–autobiography and cultural close readings–is forthcoming […]

Writer’s Room Alum, Erin Belieu’s poem in celebration of Mother’s Day. May 10, 2015

Another Poem for Mothers Erin Belieu, 1967 Mother, I’m trying to write a poem to you— which is how most poems to mothers must begin—or, What I’ve wanted to say, Mother…but we as children of mothers, even when mothers ourselves, cannot bear our poems to them. Poems to mothers make us feel little again. How […]

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