O, Miami invites you to help us create: And Donald Justice for All, an online archive of responses to the life and work of Miami-born poet Donald Justice.
Donald Justice (1925—2004) is the most important Miami-born poet, living or dead. A winner of nearly every major literary award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Justice is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century. He was also an influential and beloved teacher. During his time at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Justice taught many of today’s most important living writers.
The goals of the creation of the archive are: (1) to celebrate the legacy of Justice as an important national literary figure and Miami historical figure; and (2) to create a free pedagogical tool for the general public that uses Justice as its inspiration.
Here are ways you can contribute content:
- Film or record yourself reading a Justice poem (If it's a video, you can simply send us the YouTube or Vimeo link)
- Film or record yourself telling your favorite personal anecdote about him (or the best piece of teaching advice he gave you)
- Write an imitation of a Justice poem
- Write an original lesson plan for students using Justice's poetry as a focal point
- Translate a Justice poem into another language
a drawing, illustration, or painting inspired by a Justice poem
- Compose a piece of music inspired by a Justice poem
- Submissions with derogatory language or hate speech will be rejected
- If you're responding to a Justice poem, please make sure the title is included
- You may submit as many times as you like
By submitting you agree to allow O, Miami to post your work online and credit you as the author. All submitters retain the rights to their work.