Creative writing professor publishes collection on commuting

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“Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida,” hit the shelves in September as the first book of the Miami Trilogy made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Edited and with an introduction by creative writing professor Lynne Barrett, the book encompasses 31 true transit stories by 32 award-winning South Florida writers. Of the 32 contributors, 21 are affiliated with the University, whether faculty or alumni.

“I owe the idea for this book to the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 79th Street, where red lights have held me for what must be many hours of my life,” Barrett told the Biscayne Times.

According to WLRN, South Florida ranks among the worst metropolitan areas for congestion. Miami’s public transportation system has reliability issues and commuters spend over 100 hours a year stuck in traffic.

Barrett spoke with WLRN producer Chris Remington about the collection. She discussed what inspired her to edit the book and how she went about selecting the pieces featured. The full interview and transcription can be found here.

Panels with readings and discussions are projected to happen around South Florida through Spring 2020. First up is on Sunday, November 24, where Barrett will be joined by contributing authors at the Miami Book Fair at 11:00 a.m. in Room 8302 (Building 8, third floor).

Making Good Time is Book One of Jai-Alai Books’ planned Miami Trilogy, three anthologies of South Florida voices focusing on challenges facing our community. Submissions for the second book, Waterproof: An Anthology of Remembrances About Miami, are open via www.jai-alaibooks.com through November 30.

Lynne Barrett contributed to this article.