Jonathan Rose, a bilingual immigration attorney, a cultural activist, as well as South Florida’s Cultural Correspondent, is an accomplished poet, translator, and writer published internationally. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2001, Jonathan serves as Program Director of the South Florida Writers Association. He has published the e-mail arts calendar CULTURAL BULLETIN since 1999, for which he is Cultural Correspondent (as well as for DowntownMiami.com), and has moderated the Famous Last Friday Open Mic Poetry Readings at Books and Books in Coral Gables since 1992. He has covered Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Art Basel and its satellite fairs, and other Greater Miami events.
As President of the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation, Jonathan helped HKPF bring Anthony Hecht to Miami Book Fair International. He had invited Mr. Hecht after meeting him at the Key West Literary Festival’s Elizabeth Bishop Seminar (along with Octavio Paz, Gary Snyder, Richard Wilbur, and others). Jonathan served as Vice President of the foundation when it sponsored Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai and, earlier, Poet Laureate of Illinois, Gwendolyn Brooks. He led a poetry workshop at George Segal, a Retrospective a 1999 MAM exhibition. In 2001, Jonathan edited the dual-translation of Hungarian poetry My POEMpire/Mi uniVERSO.
Jonathan served as Vice-President of Lip, Tongue and Ear Poetry Productions and during that time led several seminars for its members. He joined with LTE and artists at New World School to create poetry/art banners for Miami-Dade County buses in 2003. He curated the Poetry Stage for George Sanchez Calderon’s CIRCUS at Art Basel 2003. His 10-minute play INTERVIEW was produced in June 2003; a revised version was produced in July 2013 by New Theater for its 10-Minute Festival.
Jonathan co-founded Culture in the City in March of 2006 and serves as its President. He is a 2008 recipient of the Arts & Business Council’s Shining Star Award “in recognition of extraordinary work as a mobilizer, a resource, and an innovator whose leadership skills enhance the quality of life in Greater Miami through the arts.” Jonathan is the Official Poet of the Beethoven Society of Miami-Dade County and has served as a judge for local, state, national, and international poetry contests.
Jonathan looks forward to participating as a board member of Life Is Art and acting as its literary liaison to coordinate events between visual artists and writers.