Saturday, June 15th, 2019 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019

  We are now accepting applications for attendance at the 2020 festival workshops. Please visit our Faculty and Workshops page to see the full offerings from our faculty, which includes: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown/Jessica Jacobs, Reginald Gibbons, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. One-on-One Conference Faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Angela Narciso Torres. Native American poet-musician and recently named U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo is our Special Guest Poet in 2020, and Poet-at-Large is Patricia Smith. Applications open June 15, 2019 and will be accepted through the deadline November 10, 2019. Apply online using … Read more >

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 3:30pm - 6:00pm

The public is invited to participate in what could be the largest poetry reading in history. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting this annual open-mic event in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This global happening will be taking place at the same time in over 1,000 venues in 120 countries. Poets will read and perform work to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. Attendees are welcome to read their own work or favorite poems by other poets. Between poetry readings, special guest musicians will play songs for peace.  Attendees are welcome to play … Read more >

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 - Friday, December 13th, 2019

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 Friday night Reading Event featuring 2018 NAAP Image Award Winner and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient, Patricia Smith The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to Friday night Reading 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: and will be included in press releases Prize … Read more >

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome. Read more >

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm

Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of senryu, the lighthearted cousin of haiku. Consisting of three lines of approximately 17 syllables, the senryu focuses on humans and human emotions, the good and the bad, from a humorous perspective. Following the workshop, in which participants will learn about the history of the senryu and haiku, they will examine and discuss various examples before touring the Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own senryu. Yaddyra Peralta, MFA, is the former Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and an Associate Editor at Mango Publishing. She holds an … Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Ilya Kaminsky: Another Republic: Learning from Different Traditions Dana Levin: By Repeating Comes Understanding: Pattern Recognition in Contemporary Poetry Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Nickole Brown: Writing in the Age of Loneliness: Eco-Poetry & The Writer’s Task Reginald Gibbons: Inner Craft Read more >

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Gala is a fundraiser and celebration of all the poets at the festival, participants and featured poets. Admission is by invitation. Read more >

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

  Evening reading with Special Guest Poet Joy Harjo, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >