Au revoir, April! (The month in review)

Poetry month has gone! April was particularly special to me because my play, To Accept, Dial 5 Now, was presented every Thursday at the MicroTheater Miami. To Accept, Dial 5 Now, which got positively reviewed, is a story about violence, jealousy and control, the choices we make, and the limits of love. Last performance is tonight! Actors include Chasity Hart as “Jackie” (left), Jovon Jacobs as “Silas” (top right), and Laura Pons as “Recording” (bottom right). Director Gladys Ramirez and I were interviewed by Neil de la Flor for the Knight Arts blog. * On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Ho Bynum led a group of free-wheeling…

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This Thursday: “One of the best MicroPlays I have seen!”

To Accept, Dial 5 Now is “one of the best MicroPlays I have seen!,” writes director and writer Ika Santamaria, known for Equal Strength (2011), Flea Market Finish Line (2012) and Barranquilleros, Herederos de una Tradición (2008). “Amazing actors,” confirmed writer Maureen Donnelly. “Totally awesome,” said Gabriela Gonzalez. This Thursday, it’s your last chance to see the play at the MicroTheater Miami, from 8 pm to 11 pm in the courtyard inside the Spanish Cultural Center located at 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. In this eavesdropping snippet of a jailhouse call, Silas gages the status of his relationship with his girlfriend Jackie. To Accept, Dial 5 Now (written by M.J. Fievre and…

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Birds Sing the Coda: O, Haikus!

I love the haiku! On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Hu Bynum led a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who presented site-specific poetry and music on a 16-mile loop, routing through downtown Miami and Miami Beach area. When my turn came to read poetry, I meant to read some of my “Bayfront Park at Night” haikus (Birds sing the coda of their delirious night song. Adieu. Oh, adieu.) but, instead, shared poems about Anton Cermak and Haitian Flag Day. I’m always willing to spread my love for the haiku, though. Back in February, a great opportunity arose for the Miami Poetry Collective to collaborate with The…

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Natalie Lux: Oh, my… Empanadas!

As a person with Colombian roots, I consider food very important. There are a variety of delicious foods in this Hispanic culture— ranging from arepas to bandeja paisa. Nonetheless, my absolute favorite food would have to be empanadas. Empanadas are an extremely popular food often sold outside of churches or in the streets of Colombia. Fortunately, there are many restaurants in America that also sell this delicacy. I find empanadas especially delicious because they are sacred in my heritage, there are different types, and they have a unique taste that allows them to be paired with a variety of different foods. Growing up, my grandmother always made empanadas…

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MJ writes a ZIP Ode

Throughout April, WLRN and O, Miami asked locals to write odes to their ZIP codes. A ZIP Ode is five lines, with the number of words in each line determined by the poet’s particular ZIP code. If a ZIP code contained a zero, that line could be left blank or used to put a punctuation mark or symbol. My Zip Ode made it in the Miami Herald! WLRN received more than 3,500 odes to ZIP codes. So many poets in South Florida. Who would’ve thunk? ‪ Presidential Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will select five winners from the project on April 29 (my birthday!) at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

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Dial 5 NOW (because the reviews are in!)

To Accept, Dial 5 Now. In this eavesdropping snippet of a jailhouse call, Silas gages the status of his relationship with his girlfriend Jackie. To Accept, Dial 5 Now (written by M.J. Fievre and directed by Gladys Ramirez) is a story about violence, jealousy and control, the choices we make, and the limits of love. Actors include Chasity Hart as “Jackie” (left), Jovon SingaBoy Jacobs as “Silas” (top right), and Laura Pons as “Recording” (bottom right). “This cast is wonderfully capable of being brutally honest and vulnerable while embodying the complex characters M.J. has created,” says Gladys Ramirez in an interview on the Knight Arts website. “I’ve heard [MJ]’s play makes grown men well…

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Jeremy Paden: On this Fault, Let Us Write a Poem

Here is a stand, let us sit for a night or two or three in silence before we speak. I wish it were a copse of blue-flowering lignum, shedding petals that float like butterflies, or the ceibas under whose canopies Anacaona and Guacanagarix held court, or the guayaba and guanábana that fed Guarocuya’s rebels, even the bushes and shrubs Mackandal used for his potions and powders, anything but this grove of felled mahogany. Where is the poem that will not forget that Bolívar forgot Pétion’s aid? The poem that will remind Charles X that Haiti paid for her freedom in blood? The poem that will stand before Monroe…

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This Thursday, Dial 5 at the Centro Cultural Español

“Oh, oh, O, Miami! I had a wonderful experience at Centro Cultural Español,” writes author Mahalia Solages. “Picture an open courtyard with little white lights swagging over lounge seating. A simple bar selling empanadas, pizza and beer from Spain, Estrella Galicia, while offering free sangria to those attending. Across from the lounge areas: a lineup of cargo containers decorated by some wizard wielding a spray paint can. Inside each container: a dozen or so little Ikea stools upon entry, and the back end–micro stages with simple props, 1-3 characters and 15 minute micro plays. My lovely friend, MJ Fievre wrote To Accept, Dial 5 Now.” In this eavesdropping snippet…

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“I Am Riding!” is on OMB Storytime!

Writer M.J.Fievre and illustrator Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre teamed up for a fun-filled trilingual (English, French, Kreyol) story about a girl’s first time riding a bike.”I Am Riding!” is a One Moore Book publication. One of OMB’s goals this year is to make Storytime videos for all of their books. One Moore Book Storytime is a project that brings books to life through video. Enjoy the English version of “I Am Riding!” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KPAyi-yDjY One Moore Book provides culturally sensitive and educational stories that highlight the lives of children of countries with significantly low literacy rates. One Moore Book provides literature for children whose narratives are largely missing from the…

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Peddling Poets Bike Ride around Miami

On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Ho Bynum led a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who presented site-specific poetry and music on a 16-mile loop, routing through downtown Miami and Miami Beach area, with stops at Miami Circle, The Standard & more. The ride culminated with a 6:15 performance at O, Miami’s Poetry In The Park at SoundScape Park. Featured poets included Adrian Castro, M.J. Fievre (moi!), Michael Hettich, Jen Karetnick, Geoffrey Philp and, in memoriam, Jeffrey Knapp. 3:00pm: opening invocation, Soundscape Park The Acoustic Bicycle Tour Peddling Poets Ride is well under way and adding to Miami’s sonic glory! * * 4:30 – 4:40: M.J.…

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“Sinkhole” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

I learned last month, from editor Ryan Rivas, that someone from the distinguished Pushcart Board of Contributing Editors nominated my story, “Sinkhole,” from 15 Views of Miami for the Pushcart Prize. A final decision should be made in early May. Edited by Jaquira Diaz and published by Burrow Press, 15 Views of Miami is a literary portrait of the Magic City told in fifteen loosely linked stories by fifteen Miami authors. Sprawling from Hialeah to Homestead, from Wynwood to Stiltsville, these stories cover a range of cultures, languages and lives, reflecting the diversity and drama of a large and often misunderstood city. “The Pushcart Prize editions are urgent and absolutely…

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Hey, are you done writing that story?

‪#‎TBT‬ that time Dan Jones from The New York Times – Modern Love was on our stage, at Lip Service. Now accepting story submissions for our May 9 show. Deadline is April 17. Give us your best, true, personal story about POWER. A time you felt powerful. A time you felt powerless. A time power was subverted. A time the power went out. Submit 1,200 words to submissions@lipservicestories.com Guidelines at www.lipservicestories.com Deadline: April 17. Showdate: May 9. This show is a collaboration with Aqua Foundation, empowering the lesbian, bi, and trans community in S. Fl. Be a part of the best storytelling show anywhere!

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Tomorrow: Plays on Verse

Tomorrow night, “Plays on Verse,” a partnership between O, Miami and MicroTheater Miami, will continue. 6 ORIGINAL PLAYS (including MJ’s To Accept, Dial 5 Now) 6 UNSCRIPTED PLAYS 15 MINUTES EACH 6 SHOWINGS PER NIGHT 15 AUDIENCE MEMBERS 7 SHIPPING CONTAINERS In Spanish AND English It’s the new and revolutionary way to experience theater: You choose how many plays you want to see and how much you want to spend! Only $5 Per Show and $4 for CCE Miami members. Micro Theater  Thursday, April 2 8pm – 11pm Centro Cultural Español 1490 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132 (map) (event link) Mention O, Miami and get a free glass of sangria! About TO ACCEPT, DIAL…

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