Miami Stories

  • Mike Fernandez

    Miami, FL

    On Christmas Eve in 1964, in the midst of revolutionary activity in Cuba, my family and I were expelled from our rural Cuban town without any warning or money.? Suddenly, we all were on a new trajectory of unforeseen challenges, opportunities and lessons. ? I arrived in South Florida in the summer... Read More
  • Marie Joseph

    On Nov. 1, 1987, at 30 years old, I left my home and family in Haiti to search for a better life. The economic and political situation was unbearable,... Read More
  • Max Dertke

    Tampa, FL

    In 1951, I was young and it was the summer of my junior year in high school. I left St. Louis to join my older brother, a waiter at Martha Raye's nightclub... Read More
  • Jane Harris


    The road trip began in northeastern Pennsylvania and ended in Miami, Florida, in August of 1985. The plan was two years of grad school at UM for my... Read More
  • Carol Hoffman-Guzman

    Miami Beach

    My adult daughter, Sage Hoffman, lies in a hospital bed, her body attached to numerous IVs, monitors and a catheter. I am in a little cot only a foot away... Read More
  • Andrew Haraldson

    Miami, FL

    Miami and Dade County in the late 1970s and early 1980s had a different atmosphere and environment than they have today. Truth be told, I was a vastly... Read More
  • Joel Perwin

    Miami Beach

    I was born at Coral Gables Hospital in 1948. My mother was from Brooklyn, my father from Morriston. He was a CPA, in the Giller Building on the Beach,... Read More
  • Lynn Waddell

    I’ve visited Miami often over the past 20 years, sleeping on friends’ couches, perusing thrift stores, gorging on ceviche, watching the ever-changing... Read More
  • Kirsten Hines

    A vast field of lights met my gaze as I flew into Miami for the first time in the late ’90s. To the west was the blackness of the Everglades and to the... Read More
  • Katia D. Ulysse

    Miami will always occupy a special place in my heart. My beloved grandmother spent such a great portion of her life here that the two are now synonymous... Read More

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