Past Events
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening reading with Special Guest, Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. To learn more about Joy Harjo, visit her festival page. Read more >

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm

  The Gala is a fundraiser and celebration of all the poets at the festival, participants and featured poets. Admission is by invitation. Read more >

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Nickole Brown: Writing in the Age of Loneliness: Eco-Poetry & The Writer’s Task Reginald Gibbons: Inner Craft Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm

  We are honored to have Joy Harjo, U. S. Poet Laureate, as our Special Guest for an interview by faculty poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  Ilya Kaminsky: Another Republic: Learning from Different Traditions Dana Levin: By Repeating Comes Understanding: Pattern Recognition in Contemporary Poetry Read more >

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm

Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of senryu, the lighthearted cousin of haiku. Consisting of three lines of approximately 17 syllables, the senryu focuses on humans and human emotions, the good and the bad, from a humorous perspective. Following the workshop, in which participants will learn about the history of the senryu and haiku, they will examine and discuss various examples before touring the Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own senryu. Yaddyra Peralta, MFA, is the former Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and an Associate Editor at Mango Publishing. She holds an … Read more >

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 >