O, Miami is bringing poetry to the streets in oh so many ways this April. This week, they're hosting Abe's Penny Live, an interactive event that will inspire you to use your literary mind in a public space. The point is to get inspired by Miami artists' photos at a gallery right here in Wynwood and pen something that may end up in an issue of micro-magazine, Abe's Penny.
Abe's Penny, published in Brooklyn by sisters Anna and Tess Knoebel, brings together photographers and writers to create postcards sent to subscribers, one a week, one pairing per month. And everyone loves receiving a postcard (hint, hint!), right?
Anna Knoebel told us, "We came up with idea to do a live collaboration event when Scott mentioned one of the missions of O, Miami was to bridge poetry with other artistic mediums." She continued, "That's what we do at Abe's Penny anyway, because each issue is a collaboration between one writer and one photographer."
Throughout April, visit ArtSeen Gallery and respond to Lee Materazzi, Francie Bishop Good, Samantha Salzinger, and Robby Campbell's photographs. Write your thoughts in a "writing village" where comfy chairs and a hidden bottle of whiskey will inspire you to create. This inspirational installation space was designed by Cynthia Cruz, Nicole Doran, Patti Her, and sleeper. To get you in the mood to write, the interactive exhibition includes readings by authors Denise Duhamel and Gabrielle Calvocoressi.
At the end of Abe's Penny Live on April 26, Knobel said, "We're choosing one submission to print as an issue of Abe's Penny." So, go, be smart about it. Get good and get published. It's poetry month, open your creepy little minds.
The opening reception will take place Saturday 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. at ArtSeen Gallery (2215 NW Second Ave., Miami) and the after-party's at Bar (28 NE 14th Street, Miami). Visit omiami.org and abespenny.com. A postcard exhibition curated by University of Central Florida's Craig Saper "Wish You Were Here," will also be on display.
Wearing a “beard” she made out of cotton balls and a manila folder, Liz Tracy once introduced herself to Rick Ross as Rick Ross. When she’s not writing articles about the Bawse or the Boss, she’s penning grants at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She taught classes on public policy at Florida International University and new media journalism at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Around 2007, Liz figured out that the internet was a wonderful place to express her unpopular opinions, so she established the websites Miami, Bro and the Heat Lightning. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine. You may have seen her as the interviewer in the viral video “Butt Hole Tattoo Girl” that was featured on Real Time with Bill Maher, MTV, and Comedy Central.