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News Item: WPBT-Miami's Art Loft features talks with U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, Carolyn Forché, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Seibles, and our Founder, Miles Coon. Full Episode #221, or the festival segment.

Dedicated to the Memory of Poet Kurt Brown

(Delray Beach, FL – July 2, 2013)  Miles Coon, founder and director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, today announced that the upcoming 10th annual Festival would be dedicated “to the memory of Kurt Brown, esteemed poet, dear friend, advisor and colleague, who passed away in his sleep on June 16."

"Kurt Brown served as our National Marketing and Publicity Director from August 2006 through February 2009, contributing mightily to the success of the third, fourth and fifth annual Poetry Festivals,” said Coon. “Even after he left the festival, Kurt remained our ‘go to guy,’ His experience as founder and director of the Aspen Writers’ Conference, and founder of Writers Conferences and Centers was invaluable—just what we needed in our early years."

Kurt Brown and his wife, poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, were featured several times at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, where they taught workshops, gave readings and craft talks, participated in manuscript conferences and memorably introduced other featured poets.

"Kurt Brown’s passionate life-long commitment to poetry is evident in his poems (8 full collections, 6 chapbooks), the many anthologies he skillfully edited and co-edited, and the numerous articles, essays, and book reviews that he authored,” said Coon. “A faithful supporter of various poetry and literary organizations, Kurt and Laure-Anne often appeared together as both teachers and featured poets at numerous universities, conferences and festivals.”

"We aim to do Kurt proud at the 10th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, especially with Laure-Anne participating as one of our featured poets.  Not only is she scheduled to introduce United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at her reading on January 22, Laure-Anne also will give a reading with Mary Ruefle and Tim Seibles,” said Coon.

In lieu of flowers, those interested are requested by Kurt Brown’s family to  consider a donation toward the publishing of The Selected Poems of Kurt Brown. To contribute, please send checks to Tiger Bark Press, 202 Mildorf Street, Rochester, NY 14609, and list Selected Poems by Kurt Brown on the check. (Full PDF Press Release)


During National Poetry Month, we are pleased to share an outstanding festival event with you. This is the first time we've filmed any of our events. In partnership with The Cortland Review, and award-winning filmmaker, Guy Shehar, we are pleased to share the interview conducted by editor, Ginger Murchison with past Poet Laureate, Billy Collins at the 9th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

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