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For Immediate Release:
April 06, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Piedra


O, Miami Poetry Festival Partners with Jackson Health System

O, Miami Founder and Director P. Scott Cunningham and O, Miami staff; Jackson Health System patients, visitors, and employees


Feeling lyrically under the weather? Come get an official “poetry prescription” at the first-ever Poetry Health Fair, co-sponsored by Jackson Health System and the O, Miami Poetry Festival.

Poets will be on-hand to dish out healing contemporary poems in English, Spanish, and Creole, rolled up in collectible poetry prescription bottles. Visitors can have their poetic vision checked with specially designed “Aye! Charts”. Musicians from University of Miami will perform live jazz throughout the entire health fair.

The event kicks off a month-long partnership between Jackson and O, Miami, a Knight Foundation-funded organization that expands and advances literary culture in the Greater Miami area. The hospital will distribute thousands of poetry prescription bottles featuring works not only by internationally renowned poets, but also poems written by South Florida poets and local students.

The goal of the O, Miami Poetry Festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April, National Poetry Month. Jackson Health System, one of the largest public health systems, will also distribute poetry prescription bottles with a poem inside to visitors at the main pharmacy at Jackson Memorial Hospital throughout the month of April.

Patients with spinal cord injuries at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital will also work with well-known local poets on a project called, “Bedside Meter,” which will give patients an opportunity to express their emotions  through poetry.

The Poetry Health Fair is open to the public.

When: April 07, 2016, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Alamo Park
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park in the Park Plaza West (green garage) off of Northwest 12th Avenue and 16th Street.

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136