Past Events
Monday, January 16th, 2017 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 16th, 2017 - Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 12:00pm

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit an original poem inspired by the “FISH TALES Exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society! As anglers cast into the mysterious lake of possibility seeking perfectly scaled gems, writers cast into the sea of language seeking the perfect word or phrase. Those quests are sometimes frustrating and often challenging, but regardless of results, they are always rewarding: having examined our deepest worries and wonders while writing or fishing, poets and anglers alike often produce memorable tales. from: The Poetry of Fishing, by Chris Justice, in “The Tackle Box” Fish Tales refers … Read more >

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm

Join us for our 10th annual collaboration with Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. What is a haiku?  How do I write one?  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 Yaddyra Peralta a poet and writer, in this hands-on workshop and learn to write your own original haiku and zuihitsu using our own Japanese garden as your inspiration. This workshop is taught by Yaddyra Peralta, a poet who teaches writing and literature … Read more >

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

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

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 >

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 >

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING STORM. SEE OUR DECEMBER 7 EVENT. Join us October 5th 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 >

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: palmbeachpoetryfestival.org and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited … Read more >

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us to participate in the largest poetry reading in history! Saturday, September 24th, The Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be hosting our fifth annual open-mic in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This is a global happening taking place at the same time in over 800 venues in 115 countries! Poets will read and perform work simultaneously across the planet to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. You are welcome to read your own work or your favorite poems by other poets. Between poetry readings, special guest musicians will play songs for peace. Attendees are welcome … Read more >