Beloved Poems Panel featuring Workshop Faculty Poets

Tim Seibles, Martha Rhodes, Kevin Prufer, Vievee Francis, Eduardo C. Corral, Traci Brimhall, Laure-Anne Bosselaar and David Baker read and discuss poems they love and how they’ve influenced them, followed by a Q & A with the audience. Scott Cunningham will facilitate.

Improv and Performance for Poets & Writers

In this workshop facilitated by Anthony Francis, participants will practice introductory group improvisational acting exercises and play fun games with props to increase creativity, inform their writing about persona and characters, boost self-confidence for public speaking, and improve their performance, No previous acting experience is required.

+ Facilitator Anthony Francis is CEO & Director of Improv U, Inc. and the annual Palm Beach Improv Festival.



Celebrating Irish Poetry Limericks and Blarney

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with this fun Irish poetry workshop facilitated by Michael Macklin O’Mara. During the workshop, participants will read some of the best loved Irish poems, learn about the history of limericks, and pen a few of their own. Blarney, sharing your work, and wearing of the green is optional. St. Pat’s Pub will offer a special holiday lunch menu.

Michael Mackin O’Mara has lived and worked in West Palm Beach since the 1980s. Before that he studied under Hans and Ilse Juergensen at the University of South Florida. He is the managing editor of the South Florida Poetry Journal.




This workshop is planned as a celebration of the work of two living legends of the Beat Generation, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Diane di Prima. Participants will be reading works by both poets and writing their own poems inspired by their works. There will be take-home packets of Beat Poetry and a bibliography for further reading. The session will include opportunities to share poems-in-progress.

Meryl Stratford won the 2013 Yellow Jacket Press Contest for Florida Poets for her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter. Her poems have appeared  in numerous journals including Amsterdam Quarterly, Rattle, and The Society of Classical Poets, and have been anthologized in MALALA:  Poems for Malala YousafzaiGlass Bottom Sky, and Slay Your Darlings, among others. She studied with Ferlinghetti and di Prima at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and is an associate editor for South Florida Poetry Journal.

What a Shame with LILY STARR

In his poem Where Shame Comes From, Steve Healey writes, “The candles are forgetting how / to light the holes in our bodies. / Still, they dine on thunder and hearts, / for soon they will do a quiet crime.” How can we turn the quiet crimes of our bodies into art? People often do not see shame as a motivator for poetry, or even for language. Usually, moments of embarrassment or shame are swept under the rug; people prefer to forget shame rather than immortalize it in words. In this workshop, participants will study successful poems about shame, and how to produce their own work influenced by shame.

Lily Starr is student of poetry from North East, MD, who moved to Miami to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The JournalGulf Stream, Muzzle Magazine, Electric Literature, Small Orange, and elsewhere.



Bards of a Feather


Feathers collection of tropical birds (Southern Brazil) isolated on white

Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading

Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome.


Alchemy of Poetry: From Ordinary to Profound

In this prompt-based, fast-paced writing workshop with Jan Becker, participants will learn about the poetic transformation of seemingly ordinary events and objects into profound observations that alter a reader’s perception of the world and create a deeper appreciation for seemingly mundane aspects of daily life. Participants will examine poems from William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and Richard Blanco, discuss the idea of “poetic vision” and “poetic voice” and create poems that elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary and remain in the minds of readers long after the poem has ended.

Jan Becker earned her MFA degree at Florida International University, and has taught courses there in composition, technical writing, creative writing, poetry and literature. Her work has appeared in Jai-Alai MagazineColorado ReviewEmergeBrevity Poetry ReviewSliver of Stone, and Doubleback Review. She was the recipient of a 2015 AWP Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, The Sunshine Chronicles was published in 2016.