Jai-Alai Books

Just say “Hi-Li.”

Launched with Topos in 2014, Jai-Alai Books is the publishing subsidiary of O, Miami Poetry Festival. Our mission is to publish books “of and for Miami,” while not focusing on any particular genre. Read about the origins of jai-alai, the sport, and how it metaphorically relates to publishing at Jai-Alai Books.

Logo design, made of two cestas, the basket-like racquet used in the sport of jai-alai, the publisher’s namesake; video sequence of the making of My First Bikini, the United States debut of acclaimed Spanish poet Elena Medel

Toi Derricotte + Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize Presented by Cave Canem

Developed in partnership with Cave Canem Foundation, North America’s premier home for Black poetry, the Toi Derricotte + Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize prize seeks to publish one outstanding chapbook manuscript per year by a black poet, regardless of the poet’s publication history or career status. The winning poet receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, 10 copies of the chapbook, a one-week residency at The Writer’s Room at the Betsy-South Beach boutique hotel, and a feature reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Topos designed the chapbook series identity and subsequent first four covers, including a 2nd edition cover of Rio Cortez’s I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains.

Chapbook cover designs (2016–2019), each screen-printed 2/0

monster house. release event animation, featuring the cover’s design in motion

Resurrection Man release event animation, featuring the cover’s design in motion