Past Events
Thursday, January 10th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm

In this workshop, participants will learn about haiku building and the Japanese literary form of zuihitsu. Often translated as “miscellaneous essay,” zuihitsu often consists of loosely connected pieces of prose and fragmented ideas of varied lengths that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. Join poet Yaddyra in this hands-on workshop and learn to write your own original haiku and zuihitsu using Morikami’s own Japanese garden as your inspiration.   Yaddyra Peralta’s work has appeared in Miami Rail, Ploughshares, Tigertail, Abe’s Penny, Hinchas de Poesia, Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books) and The Miami Herald. She has taught writing at Miami Dade College, Homestead Correctional Institution, and for O,Miami’s Sunroom project. Yaddyra is … Read more >

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 11:00am - Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, which is 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. Workshop participants will learn about the history of the forms, examine various examples, past and present, and then head to Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own haiku and haibun. Participants need to bring a pen and writing pad, snippets of prose, dreams, found poems, journal entries, observations, memories, or a few lines from their own … Read more >

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm

Spread the joy of poetry and music at this special holiday event, where attendees will share their favorite holiday poems and songs of the season. All ages welcome. Read more >

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Non-poets are welcome to attend. Read more >

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Cara Nusinov will show PoJo Collage participants how to combine collage, poetry, and journaling to create mixed media art. Participants will design their own collage cover art, generate writing in their personal journals/notebooks, and draft poems inspired by their own words. Participants should bring the following supplies: a notebook/journal for writing, a favorite photograph of themselves (at any age), 8-10 small magazine images, scissors, glue (Elmer’s or a stick), and any other desired materials to incorporate into their collages.   Certified in art journaling, Cara Nusinov facilitates workshops of self-discovery and expressive thought to help her participants to connect, heal, … Read more >

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Love has been the motivation for writing poems from the earliest known poets to poets writing today.  There probably isn’t a poet who hasn’t written a love poem. Through close analysis workshop participants will examine the use of poetic techniques in selected poems and try their hand at writing a love poem. Bio: Sarah Brown Weitzman, a past National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry and Pushcart Prize nominee, is published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including The New Ohio Review, The North American Review, The Bellingham Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Slant, and Miramar. She was … Read more >

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us October 17th 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. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! *Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. **Please be prompt as we will start to read at 1:00 pm. Read more >

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this workshop, we will explore how place – and placelessness – impact a poem’s potency. Being grounded fully in a specific place allows for the poet to swim in unique images and evoke sensory details that breathe life into the poem. Attendees will discuss various grounded poems and move into the “in-between” that are less identifiable as real, specific, or singular places. How does the choice of setting and the establishment of a world’s rules serve the poetic purpose? Handouts will be provided with examples of poems that use place as a key tool in advancing the power of … Read more >

Monday, October 1st, 2018 - Friday, December 14th, 2018

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 Friday night Reading Event featuring Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Tyehimba Jess The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to Friday night Reading 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 in … Read more >

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm

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 120 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 >