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The Favorite Poem Project in partnership with the Betsy South Beach,  Miami Book Fair International, O Miami and the Poetry Foundation, will host a Favorite Poem World OutGames reading on Sunday, May 28th, 2017. Fifteen readers will share a favorite poem and talk about why they love it. The event will feature local readers as well as WorldOut Games participants from around the world. The idea is for people outside of the professional world of poetry to read aloud poems they admire by the likes of Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Walt Whitman. We encourage people to check out some examples of Favorite Poem videos at

The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in the lives of Americans. The project was founded by Robert Pinsky, 39th Poet Laureate of the United States. 

The readers confirmed to date are:                                                                                      

Kelson Akomolafe (Lagos, Nigeria)
Julio Aponte (Fairview Park)
Jon Bauer (Los Angeles)
Emma Flock (Miami Beach)
Gabriel Gunnik (Grand Rapids)
Jose Hernandez (Sunny Isles Beach)
Courtnee Leigh (Australia) 
Renato Marasco (Melbourne, Australia)
Cherry Pickman  (Miami)
Herb Seamons (Grand Rapids)
Lolita Stewart-White  (Miami)
Anthony Torres (Miami)
Akpan Udeme (Nigeria)


May 28 from 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm


The Betsy Hotel

Sponsored By


The Betsy Hotel
Art Deco Wing


1433 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139


Valet parking and metered street parking available.



5 PM - 6 PM - readings by 15 selected readers

6 PM - 7:30 PM - light bites and open bar sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

This event has limited tickets. To register for this FREE event click here.                                       

Please note your ticket does not guarantee admission. Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to event start at 5 PM to take your seat and receive a wristband for the after-event at 6 PM. World OutGames Miami reserves the right to refuse admission to ticket holders who arrive late due to limited seating capacity.