If you’re anything like me, finding a literary community in Miami has been a bit of a dicey enterprise once you’ve finished scouring Barnes & Noble and Books & Books. It can be a bit daunting, since the pervasive images that are associated with Miami tend to focus more on the clubbing and tanning sides of things. But for as big of a party scene that Miami has, it can also have an artsy and literary vibe to appeal to the hipster in all of us. If you’re looking to get your lit on, start by looking right around the corner.
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One of the most exciting parts about working on Mangrove is that we are still so young and green. Getting together with the editors and the staff to talk about our plans and goals for the journal, I can’t help but get the tingling sense that what we’re doing now goes beyond now, and that what we’re trying to do as undergrads at UM goes beyond the university and our time here. Taking on the responsibility for the success of such a fledgling publication and project, nestled between the cracks of an institution so focused on business, science, and the art of making money, is definitely daunting. The alternative community at UM is small to be sure, and the literary community even smaller. Outside of school, the city of Miami mostly just bobs along the outskirts of the literary world. But if you look closely, there’s actually a life raft getting tossed about on our tiny waves, and on it a humble group dedicated to the survival and growth of the arts in this sunny city of ours.
As we prepare to open up submissions nationally, one of my missions as Associate Editor this year is to get Mangrove on the boat, to nudge us out into the waters and take a more active role in helping cultivate and promote a real literary arts community from within UM, out into the city of Miami, and beyond.
For my first post, I just want to briefly spotlight a few things that have been going on in the scene at UM and around Miami that I’m proud of and think are great and worth sharing with the world. We may be young, and we may be small, but we have lots of potential and the good weather on our side 🙂 Continue reading