The 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival took place January 19-24, 2015, in partnership with Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida.
Our 2015 faculty included Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, and Robert Wrigley. Six days of reading events, interviews, craft lectures, poetry workshops, and special events with some of the most extraordinary and engaging poets in America. Workshop seats for participants are presently filled, but we do have a few auditor seats remaining. Visit our workshop description page to find out more.
Poets Malcolm London and Rachel McKibbens headlined the annual coffee house and performed for local high school audiences as one part of the festival's community outreach. Additional conference faculty Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison taught one-on-one conferences. Our very special guest poet Dana Gioia, poet, essayist, critic and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009) was interviewed and read on Wednesday evening.
A special event, “Ballet’s Child,” inspired by the poems of Lani Scozzari with choreography by Donna Goffredo Murray was presented on Friday night. See the trailer for this beautiful and moving collaborative performance.
Our audiences experienced America’s best poets up-close ... powerful, moving voices ... Poetry is alive, in the 11th year at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival!
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is presented in partnership with the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and is generously sponsored by Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Windler Group of Atlanta, GA, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, The Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County; the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post, a grant from Visit Florida, WLRN-FM, and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival in 2010 received an Arts Challenge Grant from the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in 2011 was presented with The Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization (with a budget under $500,000) by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.