Past Events
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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. … Read more >

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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 … Read more >

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 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 >

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 8:15pm - 10:15pm

Reading with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Major Jackson, and David Kirby, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 4:15pm - 5:30pm

  A very special reading with Conference Faculty Angela Narciso Torres, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and our Festival Intern Coordinator, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello. This reading is free and open to the public in the Crest Theatre.   Read more >

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    A Festival Favorite! All faculty poets share and discuss beloved poems that have been influential in their lives and in their writing. Moderated by Jen Karetnick and followed by Q&A. Read more >

Friday, January 24th, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening of poetry with 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner Patricia Smith, our 2020 Poet-at-Large, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Friday, January 24th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Festival Workshop Participants Read in the Crest Theatre, Free and Open to the Public Audience, Open Mic for Registered Workshop Participants only. Read more >

Friday, January 24th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Maggie Smith: The Golden Repair: Embracing Brokenness and Error in the Poem Adrian Matejka: Poet Malone Didn’t Ask First: Permission vs. Appropriation in Persona Poetry.     Read more >

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings by Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, and Reginald Gibbons, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >