March - July 2023
[ Your poem here ]
Presented in partnership with WLRN Public Media.
[ Your Poem Here ] re-imagines a Downtown Miami skyline as a canvas for poetry. The project consists of broadcasting a single Zip Ode—a unique poetic form invented by
O, Miami and WLRN where one’s zip code dictates the number of words to a poem’s line—on a monumental billboard across from the Miami-Dade Arena.
In mid-March, the billboard for the campaign was unveiled with the words
[ Your poem here ], inviting people from South Florida to submit their Zip Odes to yourpoemhere.com by March 22, 2023.
After receiving over 1,500 submissions, Luz Rossy was selected as the winning poet. The billboard flipped to the following poem:
My name came
from my abuela
we can share it forever.
-Luz Rossy, 33125
"You don't know how much this means to me," said winner Luz Rossy. Her poem is an homage to both her grandmothers. Her first name comes from her grandmother Luz, while her middle name comes from her grandmother Elena.
Luz is a Library Page for the Westchester Regional Library, a branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Her Zip Ode is a celebration of home. A celebration of her abuelas. O, Miami and WLRN selected the poem for the way it foregrounds lineage, family, and human connection.