Past Events
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope you will join us for our eleventh year of this much loved and well-attended quarterly event at Green Cay Wetlands. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! The room can be very cool, please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort. Read more >

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

You are crafting a perfect poem. You have designed it to your exacting specifications. It does precisely what you wanted it to do. And it couldn’t be more predictable. More than once during the 2017 PBPF workshop Carl Phillips asked, “What is at stake in this poem?” We will ask that question and look for the missed opportunities that the poem presents. Bring works in progress or write from examples and prompts. Michael Mackin O’Mara has lived and worked in West Palm Beach, Florida since the 1980s. Before that he studied under Hans and Ilse Juergensen at the University of South Florida. He is the managing … Read more >

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am

Save the Date to join us in spreading the love of poetry in summertime, and the living is easy reading at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. Our poetry troupe will take to the mic to read poems of summer and, if the mood strikes, sing happy songs of yesteryear. Please bring 5 (one-page) poems, your own or your favorites. Feel free to sing some golden oldie songs as this group responds to the lyrics and poetry of music! Sunrise always has a large audience to welcome us, so join us for this rewarding experience. This event will be held in the furthest building to the right of the … Read more >

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

This workshop will focus on food in poetry.We will be reading a variety of delicious contemporary poems. Photos will be served to whet your appetite as we dig into, and write our own culinary poems. All students will have the opportunity to share their poems at the end of the workshop. Holly Jaffe has been living in South Florida for 24 years where she and her husband raised three sons. Holly began writing poems later in life says that poetry inspired her to rediscover family, people, herself and the planet. Her poems have been published in, Red Fez, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories, Kleft Jaw,Vext Magazine and … Read more >

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion (Best Original Screenplay, The Piano, 1993) comes an film based on the true story of love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer—even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art – and great love – last forever. Hosted by Professor Bonnie Bonincontri   Bonnie Bonincontri is an assistant professor teaching writing in … Read more >

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

With John Childrey 1999’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is an delightful adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. This film version appears to follow word for word Shakespeare’s original masterpiece, only exchanging the time and place of the story from classical Athens to the village of Monte Athena, Italy, at the turn of the Nineteenth Century as the setting for this enchanting version of William Shakespeare’s play, directed by Michael Hoffman. Professsor John Childrey calls many places home as he lived in Richmond (VA), Littleton (NC), Concrete (WA) and Savannah (GA), Charlottesville (VA), Lynchburg (VA), West Lafayette (IN) and since 1977, Coral Springs (FL).  A college … Read more >

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Featuring conversations with his poet friends, colleagues, an original score by Iron and Wine, and film excerpts by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Lois Patiño, this innovative documentary explores Levis’s childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words and poems for answers. Join the filmmaker, Michele Poulos, and producer Gregory Donovan, for a screening and talk about this film. Read more >

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Featuring conversations with his poet friends, colleagues, an original score by Iron and Wine, and film excerpts by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Lois Patiño, A Late Style of Fire is an innovative documentary that explores Levis’s childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words and poems for answers. This screening, at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, includes a Q&A with the filmmaker and producer, Michelle Poulos & Gregory Donovan-[To receive the student/faculty ticket discount, use the code: keiser2017] (http://www.pbifilmfest.org/amy-movie/a-late-style-of-fire/) Read more >

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Please join the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as we celebrate and support our local Creative Writing MFA programs. Professors and students from FAU and FIU will gather together for an afternoon of fabulous poetry. Come and hear established and up-and-coming poets, read and perform at this 2nd Annual Program.  The Crest Theater can be cool, so please bring a light jacket or wrap.     Florida Atlantic University (FAU) MFA Program Poets: Professor Becka Mara McKay Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University Instructors: Nico Cassanetti and James White Students: Nicholas Becher, Caitlyn Davidheiser, Kira Geiger, Jeanette Geraci, Rebecca Jensen, Kathleen Martin, Kathryn McLaughlin, Craig Ryan, Brittany Rigdon, and Trina Sutton Florida International University … Read more >

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Save the date! We hope you will join us for our Eleventh year of this much loved and well attended quarterly event. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. The room can be very cool, so please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort.   Read more >