Robert Frost at UM
Robert Frost marker, University of Miami ©Author Adventures

Robert Frost and the University of Miami

Poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) became what Floridians call a “snow bird” in his later years, having established a winter home in Miami named “Pencil Pines.”  The property was constructed and shipped from New England to Miami in 1941. Though it is not open to the public, Frost fans can visit the college campus where he presented his poetry and catch an art-house film at The Bill Cosford Cinema (5030 Brunson Drive, Memorial Building #227, Coral Gables), where Frost delivered a lecture at the University of Miami in 1960.

Another noteworthy fact for the University of Miami community is that the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet delivered a reading at Mahoney Hall (now Mahoney Residential College) that year, according to Miami, the magazine of the University of Miami (fall, 2007).

Watch our Video about Robert Frost at the University of Miami and read about his life on the Poetry Foundation‘s page at poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-frost.

Robert Frost’s best known poem is Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Read it here: poetryfoundation.org.

Also see our Robert Frost pages in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Key West Cottage

In the late 1940s, Frost also lived briefly in a Key West cottage where friends like Thornton Wilder and Wallace Stevens visited, but it is no longer open to the public. However, you can read about it here: Key West Literary Seminar article about Frost and Stevens.

Key West remains a destination and home for creative writers and major literary events, such as the widely acclaimed Key West Literary Seminar. The Florida Author Adventures Trail #2 winds down to Key West and includes stops for Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and John James Audubon.

The University of Miami is the fifth stop on Florida Author Adventures Trail #2!

Patricia Smart