Zip Codes 2018 Call to Students

Isabella Montes of FIU recites her poem in Vizcaya Gardens (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has invited 50 of Professor John W Bailly’s FIU Honors College students to read their zip code poems at Vizcaya. Students must claim their spot with Professor Bailly by email to Rachel Young. Students must attend from 6-9 PM on Wednesday 25 April, 2018.

I addition to reading their poems, students can submit them to the WLRN website:

From the Vizcaya website:

WLRN, O, Miami, and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens present an evening to celebrate the completion of the Ode to Your Zip Code contest.

Join all the contest winners for a reading and reception on the water at one of South Florida’s most striking cultural gems.

“Ode to Your Zip Code” is a South Florida-wide poetry contest created by WLRN and O, Miami, a Knight Foundation-funded poetry festival, that turns the least lyrical designation of one’s home, a zip code, into an occasion for poetry.

Beginning in March 2018, WLRN and O, Miami will accept odes to South Florida zip codes in the form of the code itself: five lines, with each line containing the number of words designated by the zip numbers.

(For example, if you live in 33139, your poem would be 3 words, 3 words, 1 word, 3 words, 9 words.)
Every Friday in April, WLRN will announce the top ten poems of the week. All forty winners are invited to read their Zip Odes at Vizcaya.

Additionally, to round out the evening, students from the Poetry, Art Community partnership with Vizcaya and FIU’s Honors College will be on site to read original poetry and encourage participants to explore the grounds on an unofficial poetry tour! Fore more information about PAC, visit

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  10 April 2018


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