Miami Stories

  • Nathalie Perez

    Miami, FL

    As I stroll through Biscayne Boulevard I glance up to see La Torre de la Libertad, a former political asylum center for Cubans. Although the Freedom Tower no longer carries out its administrative function, it continues to serve as a beacon of welcome for all Cuban refugees, those of the past and future... Read More
  • Karin Stahl

    North Miami, FL

    In May 1971, I was all set to graduate from Miami Central High School. I had won awards in social science, English, typing, shorthand and office machines... Read More
  • Lidia Epelbaum Lechtman

    North Miami Beach

    The date was Jan. 17, 1961, when I left my beautiful island of Cuba and arrived in Miami. I was 10 years old. I always had a dream of going to Miami Beach... Read More
  • Maria Carla Chicuen

    Miami, FL

    Every night after dinner, the four of us would gather around the cramped dining table in our apartment on Kendall Drive, quizzing one another, working... Read More
  • Young Miami poets

    Miami, FL

    April is National Poetry Month. In South Florida, that means the month-long annual O, Miami Poetry Festival. As part of the festival, students from all... Read More
  • Ralph Morales


    One of Jean McNamee’s first memories as a child in Hollywood was of her mother, Elise La Monaca, putting her and her brother in the family’s icebox... Read More
  • Francisco X. Santeiro

    Miami, FL

    “In the Everglades there´s a way of life. There´s a way of peace without stress or strife. There´s a natural danger and a man to face. Lincoln... Read More
  • Tom Wood


    I am the youngest of the Wood brothers — Hayes, David, Hugh “Hooty” and Tom — all born between 1926 and 1931. We were very close and shared many... Read More
  • Judy Hood

    Homestead; Coral Gables

    Suddenly there is fire in the treetops along the turnpike. The sidewalk is carpeted with orange petals and the Poinciana preens itself above the jacaranda’s... Read More
  • Eddie Johnston

    Alia Point, East Hawai'i Island

    The question, “Who will remember?,” comes to mind when I think of the fragments of Miami history that never made it to the popular prose about my hometown... Read More

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