PUBLIC Virtual Gathering: Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women – Cynthia Atkins & Sonia Greenfield2020-07-21T22:12:26-04:00
Join us for an on-line community gathering of poetry by women!

Appearing May 11 @ 7 PM

Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers and In The Event of Full Disclosure, and Still-Life With God (Saint Julian Press 2020). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including, Alaska Quarterly Review, Apogee, BOMB, Cleaver Magazine, Cultural Weekly, Denver Quarterly, Diode, Florida Review, Flock Lit, Green Mountains Review, Los Angeles Review, North American Review, Rust + Moth, Sweet: A Literary Confection, SWWIM, Tampa Review, and Verse Daily, and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net. Formerly, Atkins worked as the assistant director of the Poetry Society of America. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf and the VCCA. Atkins teaches creative writing at Blue Ridge Community College and lives on the Maury River of Rockbridge County VA with her family.

Sonia Greenfield is the author of two full-length collections of poetry. Letdown, released in March, was selected for the 2020 Marie Alexander Series and published by White Pine Press. Her collection, Boy With a Halo at the Farmer’s Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize and was published in 2015. Her chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review chapbook prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry, Antioch Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. She lives with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs in Minneapolis where she teaches at Normandale College.

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About the presenting partners
The Betsy-South Beach (@thebetsyhotel) is a luxury boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive, boasting a globally regarded arts and culture program. Over the past ten years, the hotel has become a catalyst for energized discourse, innovative thinking, and charitable community conscience. The Betsy has been the home of SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) for four years and is also the home of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, the Miami Classical Music Festival and the founding corporate sponsor for Reading Queer. The Betsy has hosted more than 1,000 artists in its Writers’ Room artist residency and its nine art galleries are open to the public. The Betsy is owned and operated by the Plutzik Goldwasser family. Contact Deborah Briggs, The Betsy Hotel, at
The Miami Beach Urban Studios (@FIUMBUS) are a collider for people and ideas in arts, design, technology and the sciences. Headquartered on iconic Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, MBUS is a Cultural Anchor in the City of Miami Beach and, with over 150 events each year, is a creative space for students and the community in the heart of one of the most vibrant artistic urban centers in the world. John Stuart is the Executive Director. Contact John Stuart, FIU MBUS, at
Supporting Women Writers in Miami (@SWWIM) was co-founded in 2016 by Jen Karetnick and Catherine Esposito Prescott. SWWIM publishes, promotes & celebrates women-identifying writers with a year-round reading series held at The Betsy-South Beach in Miami Beach, FL, and through the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day ( Poems first published in SWWIM Every Day have been included in Best American Poetry, The Orison Anthology,, and The Writer’s Almanac. Others have appeared in Glass Poetry Press’s year-end reading list, been finalists for Best of the Net, and garnered Pushcart nominations from contributing editors. Poet Caridad Moro-Gronlier joined the SWWIM editorial leadership team in 2019. Contact Catherine Esposito Prescott, Editor-in-Chief, SWWIM, at

These events will be presented with Closed Captioning. Support for these services is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, in keeping with both The Betsy and FIU’s deep commitment to accessibility. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any disability accommodation, contact five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Fla Relay Service).


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