Past Events
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 >

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this workshop, participants will practice introductory group improvisational acting exercises and play fun games to increase creativity, boost self-confidence for public speaking, reading, and performance. No previous acting experience necessary. Guaranteed fun with a lot of laughs. + Facilitator Anthony Francis is CEO and Director of Improv U. Inc. and The Annual Improv Festival (held September 5-8 at Old School Square. Read more >

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Stacie M. Kiner will facilitate her workshop: With Nothing to Regret, Nothing to Wish Reversed, as Walt Whitman beseeched, it is time to pay homage to lights that still shine—from John Donne to Elizabeth Bishop, James Wright to Anne Sexton, the 17th Century through the 20th; let’s leave Auden’s The Age of Anxiety at the door—and sing the body electric.       Read more >

Thursday, October 17th, 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 >

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, October 5th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  This workshop will focus on reading examples of poetry that convey a strong sense of wonder about the world. Through generative writing exercises, participants will use a tool box of poetic devices: images, syntax, tone, rhyming, repetition, form, etc. to find their own wondrous moments in their poems. This workshop aims to explore how we use poetry as a vehicle of meaning and self-discovery. Guillermo Cancio-Bello is a poet and psychotherapist living in Miami. He has an MS in Counseling from Barry University, and is a director of The November Institute.     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 >

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, June 1st, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this class, participants will look at how diverse poets have used references to other works, concepts and contexts from the world, imagery, sound and various tools of craft to deploy meanings that the reader will recognize and used these to create a context that allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding and a new perspective.  Students will directly apply these ideas through a variety of exercises exploring the ways they can bring such specific dimensions of the world into their poems while exploring ways of using these tools to communicate concepts and experiences more deeply to readers. Facilitator … Read more >

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Participants will navigate a scope of contemporary forms and practices with time dedicated to each: reading, class discussion, and freewriting. Students will be exposed to an eclectic range of work and asked to investigate what the mechanics of poems, the little engines of poems, are made of? The workshop will explore how images are constructed to create the world of the poem, how images build narratives, how words create worlds for the reader to reside within and create sensory experiences of the poem. How might a poem manipulate the reader’s mood, body sensations? Students will practice ways to create tension … Read more >