Free at select O, Miami events
The 2023 O, Miami Poetry Festival tote bag features an excerpt from Miami-born author Alexandra T. Vazquez.
To take in [Florida's] wilderness means to refuse any nihilistic surrender to the disaster that it is being primed to be. I remain with the mangroves even when they are abused and littered. I stand with the Everglades as I would that most beloved family member who also happens to be sick. Part of what is astonishing about the natural world, especially the tropical or subtropical, is how hard it fights to be itself.
-Alexandra T. Vazquez, The Florida Room (Duke UP, 2022)