Current Events
Saturday, September 30th, 2017 3:30pm - 6:30pm

The public is invited to participate in what could be the largest poetry reading in history. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting this annual open-mic event in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This global happening will be taking place at the same time in over 1,000 venues in 118 countries. Poets will read and perform work to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. Attendees are welcome to read their own work or favorite poems by other poets. Between poetry readings, special guest musicians will play songs for peace. Attendees are welcome to play … Read more >

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 - Friday, December 1st, 2017

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 Elizabeth Acevedo and G Yamazawa 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: palmbeachpoetryfestival.org and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited to participate … Read more >

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Poetry and prose? Writers often reach new depths in their work when they immerse themselves in the nebulous poetry/non-fiction divide. In this workshop, poets will use lyric essay techniques to prompt and guide their work. We will read and learn from different types of lyric essays including braided, flash, collage and hermit crab. By opening themselves up to hybrid possibilities, participants will see their work to spill into new territory, either revisiting existing themes in new ways and/or plunging into previously unexplored spaces. Bio: Monica Isabel Restrepo has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Before becoming a lyric essayist, Monica did financial … Read more >

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

The perfect setting for this workshop is the beautiful landscape of the Morikami Museum and Gardens. The festival returns for the 12th year to explore this poetic form with Yaddyra Peralta, who will lead participants to be inspired by the form and their surroundings. Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, a combination of prose and haiku. Participants will look at a brief history of the haibun and examine various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Kobyahsi Issa whose work is known both for its humanism and its sense … Read more >

Monday, January 15th, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration packets will be made available to workshop faculty, participants and auditors for pick up. Read more >

Monday, January 15th, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Palm Beach Poetry Festival High School poetry contest winners will pick up awards and participate in a reading of their winning poems.   Read more >

Monday, January 15th, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome reception with light snacks and cocktails for workshop faculty, participants and auditors. Read more >

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 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. Read more >

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 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. Read more >