That's So Miami http://blog.wlrn.org en Why Losing The Hyphen Is Easier In Miami Than Other Places http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-losing-hyphen-easier-miami-other-places <p></p><p>I used to be hyphenated. Many of us were. I was considered a Cuban-American. Others might have been African-American or Mexican-American.</p><p>But now, the grammatical rule is to drop the hyphen. So now, I am a Cuban American. This may seem of little consequence, but it isn’t.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 19770 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Losing The Hyphen Is Easier In Miami Than Other Places A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-native-who-remained-local-pens-poem-her-dying-breed <p></p><p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Pam L. Weiss 14118 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed Miami's Acceptance Of Syrian Immigrant Inspires Verse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miamis-acceptance-syrian-immigrant-inspires-verse <p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:11:00 +0000 Aysha Habbaba 14108 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami's Acceptance Of Syrian Immigrant Inspires Verse South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-beach-s-colorful-m-lange-inspires-poem-green-sequins-included <p></p><p><em>We’ve asked a few of the authors of standout poems for our That’s So Miami project to explain the inspiration behind their work. Find the winners of our contest and more entries&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/term/thats-so-miami" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p></p><p>Green sequin bikini.</p><p>Purple hair and skinny.</p><p>Red lipped.</p><p>Boob equipped.</p><p>Blue high heeled kid.</p><p>I saw it, I did.</p><p>Thats&nbsp;so Miami.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Beatricia Sagar 13846 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest http://blog.wlrn.org/post/winners-our-thats-so-miami-poetry-contest <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Love or hate Miami, the subject inspired so many beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes even funny verses for our "That's So Miami" project. It was impossible for us to pick the best. &nbsp;So we asked you to do it! &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems:&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Best Ode to Miami&nbsp;Spanglish&nbsp;- Lauren Fernandez, Miami</u></strong></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:38:07 +0000 Daniel Rivero & Elaine Chen 13288 at http://blog.wlrn.org Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest After A Month Of Poetry, 'That's So Miami' Comes To A Close http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-month-poetry-thats-so-miami-comes-close <p>Miami, you have exceeded our expectations.</p><p>When we asked for poetry, you delivered in droves. &nbsp;And we didn't even offer an open bar.</p><p>The concept behind WLRN and <a href="http://omiami.org" target="_blank">O, Miami Poetry Festival</a>'s month-long project, "That's So Miami," was simple enough: Write us a poem that starts or ends with "That's So Miami."</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 13296 at http://blog.wlrn.org After A Month Of Poetry, 'That's So Miami' Comes To A Close Congrats On Our O, Miami-WLRN Poetry Project http://blog.wlrn.org/post/congrats-our-o-miami-wlrn-poetry-project <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="54" src="//www.thetakeaway.org/widgets/ondemand_player/#file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetakeaway.org%2Faudio%2Fxspf%2F289634%2F;containerClass=takeaway" width="474"></iframe></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:44:14 +0000 Daniel Hicks 13205 at http://blog.wlrn.org Congrats On Our O, Miami-WLRN Poetry Project This Weekend, Find Poetic Inspiration At The Bottom Of A Cocktail -- Literally http://blog.wlrn.org/post/weekend-find-poetic-inspiration-bottom-cocktail-literally <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend, you might notice that the humble coaster beneath your drink has a surprising message. Unlike the fool sitting next to you at the bar, the verses on your coaster are lucid, articulate and wise.</span></p><p>Paul Christiansen, a poet and graduate student at Florida International University, spearheaded the poetry coaster project. It's part of <a href="http://www.omiami.org/read.html?id=1" target="_blank">O Miami, a month-long poetry festival with the goal of exposing everyone in Miami-Dade to a poem in April</a>.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:35:16 +0000 Trina Sargalski 13063 at http://blog.wlrn.org This Weekend, Find Poetic Inspiration At The Bottom Of A Cocktail -- Literally We Really Love Driving! Vote For The Best 'Traffic Ballad' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/we-really-love-driving-vote-best-traffic-ballad <p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:31:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 12939 at http://blog.wlrn.org We Really Love Driving! Vote For The Best 'Traffic Ballad' Congri, Pastelito, Rum: Vote For The Best 'Ode To Miami Food' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/congri-pastelito-rum-vote-best-ode-miami-food <p>What makes Miami's food culture so great? &nbsp;Vote for a poem from our <a href="http://thatssomiami.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">That's So Miami project</a> that best describes a culinary favorite.</p><p><strong>UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED AFTERNOON OF 4/25, WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/380305972083765/" target="_blank">THAT'S SO MIAMI READING AND FINALE</a></strong></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:13:49 +0000 Elaine Chen 12935 at http://blog.wlrn.org Congri, Pastelito, Rum: Vote For The Best 'Ode To Miami Food' Lo Mejor De That's So Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Spanglish Poem http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lo-mejor-de-thats-so-miami-vote-your-favorite-spanglish-poem <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">One of the beautiful things about <em>nuestra&nbsp;ciudad</em> is the way that you can <em>pasar todo el dia</em>&nbsp;switching it up between English and Spanish, <em>dependiendo&nbsp;del tema</em>.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:54:06 +0000 Daniel Rivero 12941 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lo Mejor De That's So Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Spanglish Poem Vote For The Best 'Ode to Miami's Flaws' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/vote-best-ode-miamis-flaws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since Julia Tuttle’s arrival in 1891, Miami has grown like crazy: more people, more homes, more roads, more&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">boom. Dense tropical hardwood trees that covered the City of Miami were chopped down and urbanization moved west into the Everglades.</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:37:20 +0000 Elaine Chen 12890 at http://blog.wlrn.org Vote For The Best 'Ode to Miami's Flaws' Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem http://blog.wlrn.org/post/odes-miami-vote-your-favorite-poem-0 <p></p><p>All month long, WLRN and our partners at <a href="http://omiami.org" target="_blank">O, Miami Poetry Festival</a> have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down we have decided to put the best of these poems up for vote.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:21:15 +0000 Daniel Rivero 12851 at http://blog.wlrn.org Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem That's So Miami: Submit Your Poem, Win A 'Staycation' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/thats-so-miami-submit-your-poem-win-staycation <p>We live in one of the best cities, proven by the fact that millions of people vacation here every year. But even in paradise, we get caught up in our daily routines. We let weeks or even months go by without heading to the beach, closing our eyes and enjoying the sounds, aromas and tastes that make our home such a worldwide draw.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're here to help.</span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:01:24 +0000 Daniel Rivero 12724 at http://blog.wlrn.org That's So Miami: Submit Your Poem, Win A 'Staycation' That's So Miami: Two Languages, Two Generations; One Family http://blog.wlrn.org/post/thats-so-miami-two-languages-two-generations-one-family <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 1.15; ">As part of our&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/love-or-hate-miami-tell-us-verse" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 1.15; " target="_blank">That's So Miami poetry project</a><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 1.15; ">&nbsp;running during the month of April, we have been airing select submissions from our community of listeners and readers.</span></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Coburn 12475 at http://blog.wlrn.org That's So Miami: Two Languages, Two Generations; One Family