Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 19-24, 2015

Now accepting applications for workshop admission.

The 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will take place January 19-24, 2015, in partnership with Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida.

Our 2015 workshop faculty includes Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, and Robert Wrigley. Six days of reading events, interviews, craft lectures, poetry workshops, and special events with some of the most extraordinary and engaging poets in America. You may now apply for the following workshops:

All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange with CHARD deNIORD
Poetic 'Yield' with LINDA GREGERSON

Word By Word, Line By Line with THOMAS LUX
Listen To This: Sound & Structure in Writing Poems with MAURICE MANNING
The Rib Cage Of The Poem: Writing Form From The Inside Out with MOLLY PEACOCK
Naming The Nameless with BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY

Straining The Borders with PATRICIA SMITH
To Delight, To Instruct, And To Wound with ROBERT WRIGLEY

In addition, performance poets Malcolm London and Rachel McKibbens will be with us for the annual coffee house and perform for local high school audiences as one part of the festival's community outreach. Additional conference faculty includes: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Our very special guest poet will be Dana Gioia, poet, essayist, critic and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009).

A special event, “Ballet’s Child,” inspired by the poems of Lani Scozzari with choreography by Donna Murray will be presented on Friday night.

Participants will have opportunities to read their work at public events, schedule an optional one-hour individual conference and to attend all festival events. Our audiences will hear America’s best poets, up-close ... powerful, moving voices ... Poetry is alive, thriving and captivating at the 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival! Join us!


The Palm Beach Po
etry Festival is presented in partnership with the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and is generously sponsored by Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Windler Group of Atlanta, GA, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, The Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County; the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post, a grant from Visit Florida, WLRN-FM, and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival in 2010 received an Arts Challenge Grant from the
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in 2011 was presented with The Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization (with a budget under $500,000) by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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January 19-24, 2015
Delray Beach, Florida


All festival events take place in the Crest Theatre and the Vintage Gymnasium of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, a national historic site, blocks from the beach at 51 North Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida.