To Write Miami and Lynne Barrett Coming to Downtown for Best Literary Series in Miami

Where do we start? So much talent, yet little journalistic coverage. Let’s begin with the event — “To Write Miami” – a nine-month literary series featuring Miami’s best writers. The next installation occurs August 28 with Lynne Barrett, Miami’s own (Jersey-bred) FIU plot master. Fiercely intelligent and brilliantly composed, Mrs. Barrett crafts some of the best short fiction in the country. She writes serious, bad-ass noir yet is quirky at the same time.

To Write Miami is sponsored by the MDC Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) – Miami Dade College’s flagship visual art museum. This institution is arguably the most underrated treasure in our city. Located inside the iconic Freedom Tower, the museum houses a collection that rivals every other museum in the city.

However, To Write Miami is held at a different venue.

Soya y Pomodoro (7:30 PM, 120 NE 1st St) is not of this era. A small, intimate Italian restaurant located in the heart of Downtown, this hidden gem is unbelievable. Once home to a bank we believe, the building is one of the oldest in the city and it’s just amazing vibes.

To Write Miami & The Right Vibes

Speaking of vibes, the host of “To Write Miami,” Anjanette Delgado, is another Miami literary treasure. Peruse the Puerto Rican native’s bio and keywords jump off the page: “Emmy winning, New York Times, NPR, Latino Int’l Book Award, Simon & Schuster, Bread Loaf” –regardless of accolades, she’s cool. And local.

And the host of to Write Miami, of which she explains its appeal.

“I hope people come. It’s a chance to sit and listen to literature that sounds like us (Miami) in a beautiful, sultry even, setting. To get out of our bubbles and be with each other.”

In September, To Write Miami returns with poet and O’ Miami chief, P. Scott Cunningham and the series ends in October with John Dufresne, a writer’s writer and gangsta of creating characters.

For more details on Lynne Barrett’s August 28 reading, click here.  

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for almost twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor.