Arts & Business Council launches #LunchPoems

Arts & Business Council launches #LunchPoemsIn honor of National Poetry Month, the Arts & Business Council of Miami and the O, Miami Poetry Festival are teaming up for an exciting campaign : #LunchPoems.

Ready to unveil your inner poet? Starting April 1st, business professionals are invited to compose and tweet a one line poem during their lunch break or after work. Tweet the poem using the hashtag #LunchPoems and link it to @ArtsBizMiami. In addition we encourage everyone to use the hashtag #LunchPoems to read one line poems during their own lunch hour.

Inspired by poet Frank O’Hara’s famous book Lunch Poems, our campaign is a fresh, casual and innovative way to link business executives and associates to poetry and the arts. The Arts & Business Council creates partnerships between the corporate and cultural communities through leadership programs, volunteer opportunities, skills sharing and networking events.

“Our goal in 2014 is to provide business leaders and their colleagues with opportunities to live creatively and work creatively. We are excited that O, Miami selected us as one of their partners. It is a perfect chance for participants to have a creative moment by composing a one line poem. Anyone can participate anywhere” said Laura Bruney, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council.

The best tweets will be collected and shared on social media. All of our Lunch Poets will be invited to our Creative Happy Hour on April 24 to celebrate the campaign. Live tweets and one line poetry readings will be featured along with time to mix and mingle, recite and unwind.

To be included in the campaign and related events follow the Arts & Business Council on twitter@artsbizmiami.
O, Miami is going all out for National Poetry Month in April. The goal of the festival is to get every resident in Miami-Dade County — that’s 2.5 million people — to “encounter” a poem in April. To get that kind of reach, festival organizers are thinking beyond traditional literary outposts like libraries and bookstores. “We wanted to push past that, and put poems on buses, put poems on banners behind airplanes, put poems in restaurants,” says the festival’s founder, Miami poet Scott Cunningham.

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