By Joy Serano, PAC 2018
Students, community members, and professional writers alike enjoyed an evening of
literary appreciation through an exciting opportunity made possible through the collaborative efforts of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and FIU Honors College Professors John W. Bailly and Richard Blanco. FIU’s Honors College “Poetry Art Community” (PAC) students hosted a poetry event that included readings from renowned poets such as Nikki Moustaki, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Campbell McGrath, and FIU alumni and PAC co-professor Richard Blanco. Four talented PAC students were also given the opportunity to read alongside these prolific poets, sharing the poems they had worked on throughout the semester, under the guidance of Professors John W. Bailly and Richard Blanco.
The event was open to the community and largely focused on the historical significance and cultural value that Vizcaya holds. After the evening’s “official” poetry readings, guests were encouraged to step outside to an open-aired courtyard overlooking the ocean, where PAC students read the poems they had worked on in an intimate “pop-up” setting, highlighting inspiration drawn from class visits to Vizcaya. As PAC student Ally Guevara-Franco puts it, “The opportunity to share my poem right at the place where I became inspired and obtained all the scenery I depicted in my writing is an experience incomparable to anything else.”
Gallery from Poetry Art Community 2018 at Vizcaya