Saturday, May 28th, 2016 - Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

For those coming in from out of town, please note that January is the height of the vacation season in Delray Beach. We suggest you reserve a hotel room and car as soon as possible. See our Travel & Lodging page for more information as you begin to plan your visit. Read more >

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 - Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County high school students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $200 and a pair of tickets to the Sizzling Spoken Word Performance Event featuring The Mayhem Poets: Mason Granger & Scott Raven. The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to Sizzling Spoken Word Performance Event. All winners receive a one-year subscription to Poets and Writers Literary Journal All of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the festival website: and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited … Read more >

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Perhaps you’ve heard that poetry is what is lost in translation, and certainly any good translator will tell you it is virtually impossible to capture everything of an original poem in a translation. However, there is also much to be gained in translation–translators have been enriching the English language for hundreds of years. As a poet, your own language can be enriched by experimenting with translation. Participants in this workshop will create their own versions of poems originally written in German, Chinese, and Japanese–with no foreign language experience required!   Becka Mara McKay directs the Creative Writing MFA at Florida … Read more >

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We have all read and studied poems of great sorrow, deep love, and intellectual probing. But what about delight? How might a poem be served by writing from a place of delight, and what might we learn from the many poets who have reached for delight? In this workshop, we’ll look at how poets have translated delight into their work, how they have delighted in building a poem, and how they have employed craft elements to convey delight. After discussing various models, ranging from Issa to O’Hara, trying to suss out the “poetics of delight,” we will write and share our … Read more >

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Join us December 7th us for a round-robin poetry reading in the beautiful Green Cay Wetlands Nature Preserve. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry informally around the circle in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. *Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. **Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. Read more >

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Holiday poetry reading and sing along at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility Read more >

Monday, January 16th, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday, January 16th, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, January 16th, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Each poet will give a 1/2 hour talk on an element of poetic craft. Readers of poetry will walk away with a greater appreciation of what goes into the making of a poem; writers will leave with tools to improve their craft. Event will take place in the Crest Theatre followed by a Q & A. Dorianne Laux – “The Brilliance of the Simple Line” Carl Phillips- “Pattern Has a Way of Making Meaning” Read more >