Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - Monday, January 25th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the 2016 workshop faculty! Apply for a 2016 workshop today. Visit our Faculty & Featured Poets page for details or to learn more about the festival week and taking a workshop at the festival, visit the Workshops Page.                 Read more >

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 - Friday, January 15th, 2016

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. Read more >

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House Performance event, featuring Dominique Christina and Marc Kelly Smith The four runners up will each receive $25 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House 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 to participate … Read more >

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

One-Day Workshop, October 10, 2015 “You can’t deny laughter, when it comes it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” Pablo Neruda Let’s write about it. Using laughter and various writing prompts, we will write a poem or two or a short prose piece. This is a chance to laugh and write. Additionally, bring one or more poems you like (except the form haiku), and some of your own work, and we will create something new from it. (Bring copies of poems for yourself only) This is an opportunity for experienced or novice writers. … Read more >

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

“What is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding? It is the deepest part of autobiography.”[R.P. Warren] Autobiography is the narrative of life’s experiences and narrative is the beginnings, middles and ends. So skipping the sagas and epics, perhaps, we focus on the dramatic and lyric, the ballads and songs –but always the story, the (auto) biographical. The beginning invites the participant  to sing (write) their own story (or another’s). Noyes, “Highwayman,” reminds of the earliest of our exposures to narrative poem and a cluster of modern or contemporary poets are suggested as a possible rethinking or reawakening of … Read more >

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 12:00pm - 2:30am

Join us to hear acclaimed local, label signed recording artists as they discuss their lyric writing process and play original music: Max Markwell, Bill Hartman, Stephen Minotti, Maggie Baugh, Shawn Mallon, Aymber Daniel, Robert Bidney, Cassidy Diana, Kristen Spencer, Eric Muniz, Rich Guastella and other special guest musicians. Read more >

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Let’s examine what a poem can do simultaneously: create a short narrative, invent original phrases, construct sparkling juxtapositions, lead to an epiphany, probe psychological depth, and sculpt elegant stanzas. Some poems sparkle with originality. Some sing with musicality and lines that breathe like arias. Others have a message that moves us deeply. The shape a poem makes invites us to read it. We will revisit the sonnet form to use in a modern way as well as various free verse strategies. Christine will give a reading of her work, then discuss the shaping of some of those poems. She will … Read more >

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm

Join us to share the love of poetry at our Spring/Summer reading at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. Our poetry troupe will take to the mic to read poems of the season and even sing a few songs of yesteryear. Sunrise Assisted Living Facility 6343 Via De Sonrisa Del Sur Boca Raton, FL 33433 To RSVP, contact Dr. Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, at Read more >

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm

HAIKU UNIVERSITY AT MORIKAMI MUSEUM & GARDENS with YADDYRA PERALTA In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and structure of Japanese haiku and haibun and be inspired by the beautiful Morikami Gardens. Once participants have examples of classical haiku, and modern variations, they will have the opportunity to walk Morikami’s gardens so they can generate their own. Participants are encouraged to share at the end of the session. Please bring a pad and pen, snippets of lines of poems (your own or others), bits of a dream, and lines from journal entries to incorporate into your own Haibun. Bring a … Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2016 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $95, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 9, 2015.             Conferences are available to accepted participants and auditors, … Read more >