O, Miami Poetry Festival founder speaks about his influences

April is National Poetry Month, and the Inspicio arts publication platform is celebrating by publishing video interviews with poets, starting with P. Scott Cunningham. He’s the founder and director of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami through the lens of poetry every April.

Cunningham is a poet, translator, essayist and community organizer originally from Boca Raton. He is the author of Ya Te Veo), selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The Awl, Harvard Review, POETRY, A Public Space, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, RHINO, The Guardian, PANK, Electric Literature, and others. His translations of Alejandra Pizarnik, César Vallejo, and Frank Báez have appeared in Omniglots, H.O.W. Journal, Waxwing, and The Miami Rail.

He’s a graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Creative Writing program at Florida International University.

Click here to watch the whole video interview, presented in Inspicio’s unique format:  http://inspicio.fiu.edu/

You can also watch video interviews with poets Campbell McGrath (MacArthur Genius Award recipient), Marie Howe (New York State Poet Laureate), and Richard Blanco (fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet).