Events
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 - Sunday, December 1st, 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: palmbeachpoetryfestival.org and will be included in press releases Prize … Read more >

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

There’s a long tradition of poets (and prose writers too) borrowing forms from other disciplines as containers for their content. In the late 1990s, Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola coined the term “hermit crab writing,” assigning a memorable metaphor to adopted-forms literature. Just as the hermit crab survives by occupying abandoned shells it finds on the beach, writers can rely on extant “shells” like dictionary entries, instruction manuals, rejection letters, tarot card readings, and many more to carry their content to a wider readership. This workshop will explore the possibilities of hermit crab writing with compelling examples and opportunities to write in response. Julie … 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 4:00pm - 5:30pm

  We are honored to have Joy Harjo, U. S. Poet Laureate, as our Special Guest for an interview by faculty poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Read more >

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

Readings with Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, 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, Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Major Jackson: Imagining What We Cannot See: Poems of Great Description Jessica Jacobs: Blah, Blah, Love: How to Write Love Poems That Don’t Suck   Read more >