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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to support, in partnership with our friends, Palm Beach International Film Festival and O,Miami, the Florida premiere screenings of the feature documentary film, A Late Style of Fire, about the life and work of poet Larry Levis who died abruptly at the age of 49. 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. … Read more >

Friday, February 24th, 2017

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, Thomas Lux passed away. For the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Tom’s death has left all of us bereft. In addition to Tom’s biographical history, his 14 collections of poems, his well-earned prizes, awards and accolades, his teaching and reading at every festival, his service as chair of the Poets Advisory Board, and his boundless and enduring friendship, our Founder has addressed what he calls Thomas Lux’s role of fatherhood of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in his Note From Miles Coon. The 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be an homage and celebrate our … Read more >

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival welcomed participants, auditors, local audiences, and faculty from over 23 states in the U.S., and three foreign countries. Poets traveled from as far away as Minnesota and Israel, and as nearby as Boynton Beach to be a part of this annual Delray Beach event: six days and nights of the most extraordinary poetry events featuring past poet laureate & special guest, Charles Simic, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critic’s Circle and more. PHOTOS Read more >

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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 >

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Winners of the High School Poetry Contest were celebrated at the Annual Palm Beach County High School Poetry Contest Award Ceremony, in the Crest Theatre, at Old School Square in Delray Beach, January 16th. Open to Palm Beach County public and private high school students, five winners were selected from over 400 entries by Dr. Jeff Morgan, Lynn University, contest judge. In addition to cash prizes, all winners received a pair of tickets to Sizzling Spoken Word!, the Festival’s Performance Poetry Event on Saturday night featuring Mayhem Poets: Mason Granger & Scott Nason, who also visited Palm Beach County High … Read more >

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Workshop Applications closed in November. However, openings may be available due to last minute cancellation. You may waitlist to be in a workshop by completing the waitlist application. Focus on your poems in a workshop with one of America’s most celebrated poets. This year’s workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Carl Phillips, Martha Rhodes. Conference Faculty are Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Our Special Guest will be Charles Simic, and this year’s Performance Poets are The Mayhem Poets. Join us for six days of extraordinary poetry events, … Read more >

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Palm Beach Poetry Festival Tickets for events featuring America’s most engaging and award-winning poets are on sale now! For a Complete Schedule of Public Events, and to order tickets, visit Old School Square, Crest Theatre Box Office, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, or call 561-243-7922, Extension 1, or you may purchase tickets online. Individual Event Ticket Prices are: $18 General Admission, $15 for seniors, and $12 for students. Student Group discounts available for groups of ten or more. Service charges apply for tickets purchased online. http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/the-festival/faculty-featured-poets/ Read more >

Monday, September 5th, 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 … Read more >

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Congratulations to current and future Faculty Poet Tim Seibles who in July 2016 was appointed poet laureate of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Seibles, who is the author of five collections of poetry, including 2012’s Fast Animal which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was a National Book Award nominee, was a Festival Faculty Poet in 2014 and will be joining us again in 2018! Tim Seibles currently lives in Norfolk, VA and teaches at Old Dominion University. His two-year tenure as Virginia’s Poet Laureate began in July 15, 2016. Visit Poetry Foundation and the Academy of American Poets to … Read more >

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce it will offer three fellowships that provide full workshop tuition and lodging in Delray Beach for the upcoming 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 16-21, 2017. The fellowships are offered to open the festival workshop doors widely to qualified poets and to insure the festival’s workshops provide an enriching variety of experiences through working with poets from a wide variety of cultures. The three fellowships are: the Palm Beach Poetry Festival African American Fellowship; the CantoMundo Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fellowship; and the Kundiman Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fellowship. Each … Read more >

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

        Thank you to National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, who approved an Art Works award of $10,000 to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (PBPF) to support the nonprofit organization’s 13th annual festival next January 16-21 in Delray Beach. The Festival’s award is among more than $82 million that will fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. “We are very grateful to the NEA for their incredible support of the arts in general and of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in particular,” says PBPF Director … Read more >

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

“It is with greatest pleasure that we announce the winning poems for the WILD Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. Announcing and presenting the accomplishments of the poets, in collaboration with the wonderful Plein Air Palm Beach artists is a grand finale to the festival’s celebration of National Poetry Month,” said Director, Susan R. Williamson. Judge Stephen Gibson said, “Judging this year’s contest was a difficult delight, …  the quality of the work was such a delight that it made deciding so difficult. My congratulations to these fine poets and to all of those poets who submitted their works, though not mentioned in … Read more >

Monday, March 14th, 2016 8:00am

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit a poem to the WILD EKPHRASTIC POETRY CONTEST, inspired by the Cornell Art Museum’s “WILD” Exhibit at Old School Square. The WILD Ekphrastic Poetry Contest seeks original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by one of ten selections from the “WILD” Exhibit, which runs through April 17, 2016 at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach. The contest runs through April 17, 2016. Results will be announced in April, 2016, after the deadline. To submit use this link to our Submittable site: https://palmbeachpoetryfestival.submittable.com/submit/51801. Visit the “WILD” Exhibit at the … Read more >

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Submit an original poem inspired by the Cornell Art Museum’s “WILD” Exhibit at Old School Square. Write a poem of up to 30 lines inspired by one of ten paintings. Deadline to submit is April 17, 2016. First Prize: $100, Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each, 5 Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases. To submit use our Submittable link. Visit the “WILD” Exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, Florida and be inspired by the selected award-winning plein air art, or visit the … Read more >

Friday, January 29th, 2016

  The 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival welcomed participants, auditors, local audiences and faculty from over 22 states in the U.S., and three foreign countries. Poets travelled from as far away as North Dakota and Ireland, and as nearby as Boynton Beach to be a part of this annual Delray Beach event: six days and nights of the most extraordinary poetry events featuring past poet laureate & special guest, Robert Hass, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critic’s Circle and more. Special Guest, Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997), National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize … Read more >

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The festival, through its program of Community Outreach, offers special events and 1-day workshops throughout the year. We welcome the community to join us for informal round-robin readings at Green Cay Nature Center; readings with the Alzheimer Poetry Project; a series of Saturday 1-day workshops, held at Old School Square; the annual High School Poetry Contest, open to high school students throughout Palm Beach County; and the annual Morikami Haiku event, held at the wonderful Morikami Museum with walks and writing in the gardens. Upcoming 2017 events will be announced shortly. For questions or to RSVP, contact Dr. Blaise Allen, Director of … Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2016 5:00pm

                  Winners of the High School Poetry Contest were celebrated at the Annual Palm Beach County High School Poetry Contest Award Ceremony, kicking off the festival in the Crest Theatre, at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Open to Palm Beach County public and private high school students, the five winners were selected from over 300 entries by Dr. Jeff Morgan of Lynn University who served as judge of the contest. In addition to cash prizes, all five winners received a pair of tickets to Sizzling Spoken Word!, the Festival’s Performance Poetry … Read more >

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Talks on the craft of writing poetry with some of America’s most engaging and award-winning poets, January 19-24, 2016. Consult the full schedule of public events to purchase tickets. Craft Talks are every afternoon at 2:00 pm Tuesday-Friday. Two poets will speak for 1/2 hour each, followed by an informal Q&A. Titles for the talk: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Mary Szybist: Repetition and Resonance Kevin Young:  Throw Your Voice Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Carl Dennis:  “Four Virtues” Laure-Anne Bosselaar:  Conveying Emotion through Imagery, Address, Personification and Pathetic Fallacy (A Close Read of “Two Trees” by Larry Levis) Thursday, January 21, … Read more >

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce it will partner with three very special organizations, Cave Canem, CantoMundo and Kundiman, to offer three fellowships for the upcoming 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 18-23, 2016 in Delray Beach Florida. Each of three fellowships include application fee, tuition, and lodging near the venue. The recipient will be an outstanding poet who will benefit from and contribute to participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships are open by application to past … Read more >

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House Performance event, featuring Dominique Christina and Marc Kelly Smith The four runners up will each receive $25 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House 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 to participate … Read more >

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Workshops are limited to 12 qualified participants and three auditors to provide a meaningful level of discussion, and careful, informed attention to your work. You may apply online to attend a workshop as a participant. Beginning poets, or those shy about sharing their poems, should consider auditing a workshop as a great way to learn by observing and listening. Review our Application Guidelines for more details and the workshop descriptions that follow below. Faculty includes: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Carl Dennis, Denise Duhamel, Carol Frost, Thomas Lux, Tom Sleigh, Mary Szybist and Kevin Young, eight of America’s most celebrated poets. Special Guest, … Read more >

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

This year our workshop applications will be processed with Submittable. The same format with different tool. See our lineup and workshop offerings on the Faculty & Featured Poets page and explore our new website to learn more about the festival. Apply today! Read more >

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

An Archive of Festival Readings, Talks, and Interviews is now available on our Youtube Channel. And you can see inside the festival in some special short videos on the playlists. Recordings of events from our 10th Anniversary are available and we will be adding recordings of the festival events of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zWSJIRlEWY   Or simply take a moment to see some wonderful moments captured at the 11th Annual Festival. (Photography and montage by Owen McGoldrick) Read more >

Friday, June 26th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2016 workshop faculty! Apply for a 2016 workshop today. Visit our Faculty & Featured Poets page for details.                 Read more >

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the interview of Natasha Trethewey by Chard deNiord has been published at World Literature Today. A video of the interview is available on YouTube or see the link below. Ms. Trethewey was our special guest for the 10th Annual Festival, January 2014.   Read more >

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The “Plein Air Poetry Contest,” in collaboration with Delray Beach Center for the Arts, The Cornell Museum, and Plein Air Palm Beach, invited poets to submit original poems inspired by the “En Plein Air” Exhibit at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach. About the winning selections, Mr. Gibson said, “Judging the Plein Air Poetry Contest was both a pleasure and a task, a pleasure because of the overall high quality of the poems submitted, and a task for this same reason—a task made the more challenging because of the high quality of the poems submitted.” About the First … Read more >

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Palm Beach Poetry 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-Keel 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 … Read more >

David Baker, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Carl Phillips, and Martha Rhodes, will lead workshops. Applications are open now.   Special Guest Charles Simic, and performance poets are The Mayhem Poets. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. The 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will take place in Delray Beach, Florida, January 16-21, 2017. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets. Apply to attend a workshop today! Join us for six days of extraordinary poetry events: workshops, readings, talks on the craft of writing poems, manuscript conferences, panel … Read more >

Pulitzer Prize winner and former United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic is announced as Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s Special Guest Poet in 2017. Charles Simic will be interviewed by fellow poet and Festival Faculty David Baker. Simic will also headline the Festival’s Gala Reading. Find out more about our very Special Guest here. Read more >

To continue their mission to support the work of the festival, our founder, Miles Coon, and his wife Mimi, are offering to match any tax-deductible donation to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival up to a total of $25,000. Every year we work to bring poetry, in its every aspect, to our audiences, and fill a whole week with poetry events that feature America’s most extraordinary poets–at the festival, like in our short slide-movie,  Poetry Is The Conversation. No matter what is happening in the world, as readers and writers of poetry, we are all engaged in a poetry conversation. We … Read more >