Past Events
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 >

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 >

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This event is being held in conjunction with Icons in Transformation, a traveling modern art exhibition featuring more than 100 contemporary works by Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Powlowska. The exhibit recalls the icons the artist had seen in Russian monasteries and is running at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church through April 7. Facilitator Stephen Gibson’s poetry workshop will be on Ekphrasis poetry, poems which focus on other works of art, like paintings, photography, or sculpture, as their subjects. Workshop participants will explore how Ekphrasis, rather than being solely description, can help to explore each individual poet’s sense of the world. $10 per … Read more >

Thursday, April 4th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presented in collaboration with the Morikami Museum and Gardens, award-winning California poet Brynn Saito will discuss the zuihitsu, a form of prose-poetry writing that emerged during Japan’s 11th century. Closely translated as “following the brush,” zuihitsu collects observations, notes, personal feelings, and quotes in a seemingly random and associative manner, leading to surprising, poignant poetic expressions. Saito will discuss how this form—and how Japanese culture, more generally—informs her work. She will close with a short poetry reading, book signing, and Q&A. Morikami Entrance Fee: $10 ($7 for members) Note: All tickets are will-call and will be held at the theatre … Read more >