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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 - Sunday, February 17th, 2019

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit an original poem inspired by the TECH EFFECT Exhibition at Old School Square’s Cornell Art Museum! Five cash prizes and five honorable mentions will be selected by contest judge, Stephen Gibson. First Prize: $100.00; Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Prizes: 4 awards of $25.00 each; Five Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases. The works in the Tech Effect explore the complex influences of technology on the human experience and the natural world. The show features artists whose work deals … Read more >

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm

In this workshop, participants will learn about haiku building and the Japanese literary form of zuihitsu. Often translated as “miscellaneous essay,” zuihitsu often consists of loosely connected pieces of prose and fragmented ideas of varied lengths that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. Join poet Yaddyra in this hands-on workshop and learn to write your own original haiku and zuihitsu using Morikami’s own Japanese garden as your inspiration.   Yaddyra Peralta’s work has appeared in Miami Rail, Ploughshares, Tigertail, Abe’s Penny, Hinchas de Poesia, Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books) and The Miami Herald. She has taught writing at Miami Dade College, Homestead Correctional Institution, and for O,Miami’s Sunroom project. Yaddyra is … Read more >

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 11:00am - Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, which is a combination of prose and haiku. Participants will look at a brief history of the haibun and examine various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Kobyahsi Issa. Workshop participants will learn about the history of the forms, examine various examples, past and present, and then head to Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own haiku and haibun. Participants need to bring a pen and writing pad, snippets of prose, dreams, found poems, journal entries, observations, memories, or a few lines from their own … Read more >

Monday, January 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration packets will be made available to workshop faculty, participants and auditors for pick up. Read more >

Monday, January 21st, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Palm Beach Poetry Festival High School poetry contest winners will receive awards and participate in a reading of their winning poems. Winners selected from county-wide submissions by students of Palm Beach County High Schools. This is a free event. Tickets for other festival events are available through the Crest Theatre Box Office, or online at the purchase link provided below. Read more >

Monday, January 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome reception with light snacks and cocktails for workshop faculty, participants and auditors. Read more >

Monday, January 21st, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Short introductory and organizational workshop session after Welcome Reception.  Read more >

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Ellen Bass: Sound and Sense: Bringing Music Into Your Poems Stephen Gibson: How Ekphrasis Works—or Doesn’t Each poet will give a 1/2 hour talk on an element of poetic craft. Readers of poetry will walk away with a greater appreciation of what goes into the making of a poem; writers will leave with tools to improve their craft. Event will take place in the Crest Theatre followed by a Q & A. Read more >

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm

We are honored to have Sharon Olds as our Special Guest for an interview by faculty poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Read more >

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, and Matthew Olzmann, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >