10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival Archive

10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was held in Delray Beach at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, January 18-24, 2014. Following are the workshops, faculty and featured poets that were with us for the landmark 10th Anniversary Celebration of Poetry at the festival.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

POETRY AS BEWILDERMENT with NICK FLYNN
During the week we will examine “bewilderment” by thinking about the concept and how it is acted out in our poems—either through syntax, our accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized. We will look for those moments we begin to stutter and stumble when talking about our poems, or in the poems themselves, for these are the thresholds beyond which is unknown, beyond which is the white space on the map. Over the course of our week together we will attempt to push a little deeper into this shadow world. Participants will prepare by keeping a writer’s notebook and bringing a selection of work (2-3 poems) at various states of completion to the first workshop session.

Carolyn ForchéCREATE AND CRITIQUE WITH CAROLYN FORCHÉ
This guided workshop will be both generative and critique-based; we’ll be looking at past work, learning methods of revision, and writing new poems from prompts and exercises. Poets should bring seventeen copies (each) of three poems they would like the group to read and critique. A blog will be set up to help us to prepare in advance, to aid us in communicating between our meetings, and to foster our community after we leave Palm Beach.

Linda GreggCRAFT OF THE INVISIBLE with LINDA GREGG
Poetry is a craft of the invisible: craft for the mind and for the rigor. We will consider the invisible as the space between an event, and that event becoming a poem. Participants will send two poems prior to the first workshop meeting. We will work together with a related exercise. I want us to attempt to write great poetry, understanding we might fail. The workshop will be run in a serious and supportive way. As I was told by Joseph Brodsky, poetry is the greatest invention of mankind. In this workshop we will work together with the spirit of this statement in mind. Participants will send two poems prior to the workshop and bring 17 copies to the first workshop meeting.

Thomas LuxWORD BY WORD, LINE BY LINE with THOMAS LUX
We will pay close attention, in minute detail, to all the elements that go into writing a poem. So: we'll do word by word, line by line readings. Frost said that the primary way to get to the reader's heart and mind is through the reader's ear. The sound, the noise of a poem, demands our attention. We must be tough, honest and direct with each other's work and also be generous, thoughtful and never condescending or dismissive. A good workshop can do both. Bring in three or four poems, seventeen copies of each, for discussion.

Campbell McGrathPEELING THE ONION: REVEALING THE LYRIC VOICE with CAMPBELL MCGRATH
This workshop will examine the lyric poem from the point of view of the speaker— the voice that sings or cries or whispers in the reader’s ear. In it we will learn how to create a fully-realized lyric voice, layer by layer, as in the proverbial onion. Guided by examples from Yusef Komunakaa to Gary Snyder, Coleridge to Elizabeth Bishop, we will explore the physical, psychological and chronological spaces the poetic voice must navigate. Class-time will be devoted primarily to workshopping student work—both assigned poems, written from one day to the next, and at least one poem you bring with you to Palm Beach. So bring copies of that poem to our first workshop session, and be ready for a great week of reading, writing and talking poetry.

Aimee NezhukumatathilBRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN with AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL
Through a keen sense of observation and an ardent pulse to translate nature's language, you'll learn what nature poetry can be —how to illuminate its terrors and stark realities, its deep-sea baubles, prairie grass-swish, and northern-light delights. Through carefully crafted examinations of poems that showcase the environment in dynamic and surprising ways, and through various immersions in writing (some outdoors, weather permitting), we'll explore/explode forms of poetry to record your own observations about landscape and the environment–forms that are sure to keep you going long after this class ends. The second half of workshop will involve constructive critique of student poems. Participants will send 2-3 poems in advance of the workshop and bring copies of those poems to the first session.

Mary RuefleTHE POEM ON THE TABLE with MARY RUEFLE
The poem on the table sometimes leads us into the wild blue yonder of larger concerns and sometimes leads us deeper and deeper into a single word on the page. This is a traditional critique-based workshop, but my approach is always language, the words on the page, one by one, as they take their walk. We will talk about three poems by each participant, spending approximately twenty minutes on each poem. Please bring, then, seventeen copies of three poems to the first meeting. Advice: don’t bring poems you are satisfied with; though I understand your desire to impress. Bring instead, poems you are worried about, ones you don’t know how to end, poems you feel uncannily unsettled by and that cause you to lose sleep or be embarrassed by. I am dedicated to the art of writing bad poems! There is no other way to move forward. There is no other way to be happy.

Tim SeiblesIT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS with TIM SEIBLES
In this workshop we will focus on the importance of specificity in writing—the particulars, the images, the exacting figurative gestures that provide the fuel for gripping poetry. Participants will bring poems in various stages of development for review and suggestions for improvement along these lines. In addition to these close readings and critiques, some time will be dedicated to short in-class writing exercises to help each of us break out of well-worn writing routines and strategies. We will work on short poems, narrative poems, dream poems, surrealist poems, and persona poems—poems written in a voice other than the author’s own. Such work will allow us to add color and some new shades to our writerly palettes. Participants will send 3-4 poems in advance of the workshop and bring copies for distribution to the first class meeting.


ONE ON ONE CONFERENCE FACULTY

Participants whose tuition is paid-in-full, may schedule a one-on-one conference with one of our experienced faculty for a half-hour session. There is an additional cost of $95 for these conferences, which will be scheduled outside workshop sessions. Manuscripts must be prepared advance of the festival. Conferences will be scheduled on a first come-first served basis.


SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN’s books are, Second Skin published by Wind Publications in 2010 and Talking Underwater, (Wind 2007). Her poems have appeared in BigCityLit, Lumina, New York Times, Nimrod, The Paris Review, PBS News Hour, Prairie Schooner, Poetry London, RATTLE, Rattapallax, Spoon River Poetry Review and in the Helicon Nine anthology, Chance of A Ghost. In 2008, she was invited to read in the “Love Poems Program” at the Library of Congress. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. She teaches Modern Poetry and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in Armonk, New York with her husband, John. They share four children, Ben, Angie, Kaitlin and Fiona.


Traci Brimhall
TRACI BRIMHALL is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Slate, Ploughshares, New England Review, The New Yorker, and Best American Poetry 2013. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ginger MurchisonGINGER MURCHISON together with Thomas Lux, founded POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she is a graduate of Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers and Editor-in-Chief of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her first chapbook of poems, Out Here, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008. She has published interviews with A.E. Stallings and Stephen Dobyns, and has poems published in Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review, Terminus Magazine, Poetry Kanto, and Mead and Connotations online.

 

2014 BIOS OF FEATURED POETS AND FACULTY

NICK FLYNN is the author of Some Ether‚ winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, Blind Huber, and The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf, 2011). His memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and has been translated into fifteen languages. The Ticking is the Bomb, a memoir of deciding to become a father while the country is engaged in two wars, was published by Norton in 2010. He has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, NPR’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. Being Flynn, a film based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, was released in 2012 and stars Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano. Nick teaches at the University of Houston.

Carolyn ForchéCAROLYN FORCHÉ is a poet, translator, essayist and human rights activist. She is the author of four books of poetry: Gathering The Tribes, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, winner of the LA Times Book Award, and Blue Hour, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translations include Flowers from the Volcano and Sorrow by Claribel Alegria, Selected Poems of Robert Desnos, and other works. She edited Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Lannan Foundation, and the Robert Creeley Award, the Levinson Prize, among others. She is a trustee of the Griffin Trust. The Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001, is forthcoming in 2014, along with a memoir, a book of essays, and a poetry collection. She teaches and is Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.

Linda GreggLINDA GREGG has published eight collections of poetry, including Too Bright to See (1981); Alma (1985); Things and Flesh (1999), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; and All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2008, and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. She has edited the Complete Gregg, and received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Sara Teasdale Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, and numerous Pushcart Prizes. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Literary Foundation. Gregg has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, UNC Greensboro, Princeton, and most recently at the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas, Austin. She lives in New York.

Thomas LuxTHOMAS LUX's latest collection latest collection is Child Made of Sand, (Houghton Mifflin 2012). Other books include God Particles, The Cradle Place; The Street of Clocks; New and Selected Poems: 1975-1995, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Blind Swimmer: Selected Early Poems: 1970-1975; and Split Horizon, winner of the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. His distinguished teaching career includes twenty-seven years on the writing faculty and as Director of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence. He has taught at Emerson College, Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, and other universities. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and recipient of three NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lux holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and directs the McEver Visiting Writers Program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.


Campbell McGrathCAMPBELL MCGRATH is the author of ten books of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, Florida Poems, Seven Notebooks, and most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012). He has received many of America’s major literary prizes for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, a USA Knight Fellowship, and a Witter-Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic and on the op-ed page of the New York Times, as well as in scores of literary reviews and quarterlies. Born in Chicago, he lives with his family in Miami Beach and teaches at Florida International University, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.

Aimee NezhukumatathilAIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is the author of Lucky Fish (2011). Her previous books are At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize, and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in poetry, and the Global Filipino Award. Her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, FIELD, Mid-American Review, and Tin House. Aimee received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and has twice served as a faculty member at the Kundiman retreat for Asian-American writers. She has given readings and workshops from Amsterdam to San Francisco. An associate professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, she is a recipient of the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar Award, and the SUNY Chancellor's Medal for Scholarly and Creative Activities. She lives in Fredonia with her husband and two young sons.

Mary RuefleMARY RUEFLE’s latest book is Trances Of The Blast (Wave Books 2013). Her Selected Poems won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In addition to ten books of poetry, she has published The Most of It, a book of prose, a book of her erasure, A Little White Shadow, and more recently a collection of her lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey (Wave Books 2012). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2010 Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

TIM SEIBLES is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press in their Contemporary Classics series. Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, his poetry is featured in several anthologies: Rainbow Darkness; The Manthology; Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry; Black Nature; Evensong; Villanelles; and Sunken Garden Poetry. His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in Best American Poetry 2010 and, his poem “Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged” was selected for Best American Poetry 2012. He has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Tim is visiting faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program of the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where teaches in the English and MFA in Writing programs at Old Dominion University.

ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCE FACULTY

SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN’s books are, Second Skin published by Wind Publications in 2010 and Talking Underwater, (Wind 2007). Her poems have appeared in BigCityLit, Lumina, New York Times, Nimrod, The Paris Review, PBS News Hour, Prairie Schooner, Poetry London, RATTLE, Rattapallax, Spoon River Poetry Review and in the Helicon Nine anthology, Chance of A Ghost. In 2008, she was invited to read in the “Love Poems Program” at the Library of Congress. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. She teaches Modern Poetry and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in Armonk, New York with her husband, John. They share four children, Ben, Angie, Kaitlin and Fiona.
More available on Sally at: http://terrain.org/2013/poetry/two-poems-by-sally-bliumis-dunn/ , on PBS News Hour Weekly Poem, and Rattle.

Traci BrimhallTRACI BRIMHALL is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Slate, Ploughshares, New England Review, The New Yorker, and Best American Poetry 2013. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ginger MurchisonGINGER MURCHISON together with Thomas Lux, founded POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she is a graduate of Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers and Editor-in-Chief of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her first chapbook of poems, Out Here, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008. She has published interviews with A.E. Stallings and Stephen Dobyns, and has poems published in Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review, Terminus Magazine, Poetry Kanto, and Mead and Connotations online.

OTHER FEATURED POETS:

SPECIAL GUEST

Natasha TretheweyNATASHA TRETHEWEY is the 19th United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face." She is the author of Thrall (2012), Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002), which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000). She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press). A memoir is forthcoming in 2013. Her first collection of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. In her introduction to the book, Dove said, "Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts—reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength."

Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. In addition to being United States Poet Laureate, she is the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi, from 2012-2016.

US Poet Laureate Interview on PBS News Hour
New Yorker article on Trethewey's Laureateship
The New Yorker Book Bench Interview on Beyond Katrina


LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR has authored three poetry collections, A New Hunger. (Ausable Press 2007), Small Gods of Grief (Boa Editions 2001), which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and The Hour Between Dog and Wolf (BOA Editions 1997). Her poems, widely anthologized, have appeared in many journals including Ploughshares, AGNI and the Harvard Review. One of her poems won the National Poetry Contest, sponsored by I.E. magazine. She has edited numerous anthologies. She was born in Belgium and moved to the United States in 1987. Fluent in four languages, she has also published poems in French and Flemish. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and at the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College.

Chard deNiordCHARD deNIORD is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), and Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, and Lucille Clifton), titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, was published by Marick Press in 2012. He is the cofounder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry. He lives in Putney, Vt., as well as Providence, Rhode Island where he is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College.

PERFORMANCE POETS

Taylor MaliTAYLOR MALI is one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of "poet." Articulate, accessible, passionate, and downright funny, Mali studied drama in Oxford with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and played the "Armani-clad villain" of the documentary film SlamNation. His poem “What Teachers Make” has been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube. Mali is vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world and in 2012 he reached his goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance." His book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, is his passionate defense of teachers drawing on his own experiences, both in the classroom and as a traveling poet. Taylor Mali is is the author of two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002), and four CDs of spoken word. Mali received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop "Teacher! Teacher!" a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math winner of best solo performance at the 2001 U. S. Comedy Arts Festival. Formerly president of Poetry Slam Incorporated, the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America, Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist, traveling around the country performing and teaching workshops.

Glenis RedmondGLENIS REDMOND is a poet, educator, performer, and counselor. She presents her poetry in performances that cause the printed word to spring from the page and dance, sing, weep, and laugh. Glenis tells stories with poetry - from her life, her family, her African-American heritage, and her sensitive observations of the world around her - inspiring audiences of all ages. In her workshops and performances, she encourages participants to know themselves and their origin, thereby finding their own inspiration and their own stories. She has won numerous awards including The Carrie McCray Literary Award in Poetry, a study fellowship from Vermont Writing Center, study scholarships to the Atlantic Center for the Arts among others. She is the 1997 and the 1998 Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion and placed in the Top 10 for the National Individual Slam Championship. Her recently released second CD is "Monumental, " which follows "Glenis On Poetry" her first CD exploring her philosophy of poetry and education. She has published three chapbooks: Naming It, If I Ain't African, and a children's chapbook Word Power. Her full-length book of poetry is Backbone (Underground Epics). She has released a video of performance poetry, "Mama's Magic", and an audio tape of poetry entitled "Coming Forth". Glenis performs throughout the United States, England, and Italy.