Read By Miami: Ten new poem films produced with O, Miami

We at the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation are thrilled to announce Read By Miami, a new series of ten films featuring Miami poets, launching online on Thursday, November 2nd.

Co-produced with O, Miami, these films showcase the poems and performance of Jubi Arriola-Headley, Campbell McGrath, Yaddyra Peralta, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, and Leslie Sainz, each of whom read one poem of their own and a second poem by a favorite poet. All five poets have deep roots in South Florida, showcasing Miami-Dade County’s many stories, histories, and cultures. The films, shot in Miami-Dade and directed by Cuban-American filmmaker Eric Felipe-Barkin, will be released weekly on Thursdays in two parts, spanning fall and early winter.

Part One:

  • 11/16: Leslie Sainz performs her poem “Malecón/Miami” (filmed in Coconut Grove and Biscayne Island)
  • 12/7: Campbell McGrath performs “A Blessing” by James Wright (filmed in Little Haiti)

Part Two:

  • 1/4/24: Leslie Sainz performs “Archangel” by Jean Valentine (filmed in South Miami)
  • 1/31/24: Campbell McGrath performs his poem “The Everglades” (filmed in Little Haiti and North Miami)
  • 2/7/24: Legna Rodríguez Iglesias performs “Lo que cuenta / What Counts” by Óscar Cruz (filmed in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Little Havana, Little Haiti, and Downtown Miami)

About O, Miami:

We believe Miami is the most poetic city in the world. Through projects, events, and publishing, we create a platform for amplifying Miami’s people, investing in a new shared narrative of our city and a more equitable picture of its future. We believe that art and self-expression should be equally available to every Miamian. Learn more at

We hope you’ll join us for the release of these films each Thursday! Visit the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation website and YouTube channel, and our and O, Miami’s social media channels, to watch each new chapter.