Past Events
Saturday, November 7th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

“What is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding? It is the deepest part of autobiography.”[R.P. Warren] Autobiography is the narrative of life’s experiences and narrative is the beginnings, middles and ends. So skipping the sagas and epics, perhaps, we focus on the dramatic and lyric, the ballads and songs –but always the story, the (auto) biographical. The beginning invites the participant  to sing (write) their own story (or another’s). Noyes, “Highwayman,” reminds of the earliest of our exposures to narrative poem and a cluster of modern or contemporary poets are suggested as a possible rethinking or reawakening of … Read more >

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Tickets for Public Events are on sale now! For a Complete Schedule of Public Events, and to order tickets, visit the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Crest Theatre Box Office, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, or call 561-243-7922, Extension 1, or you may purchase tickets online. Individual Event Ticket Prices are: $15 General Admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Student Group discounts available for groups of ten or more. Workshop Auditor and Participant Tuition includes admission to ticketed events. Service charges apply for tickets purchased online. Read more >

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

One-Day Workshop, October 10, 2015 “You can’t deny laughter, when it comes it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” Pablo Neruda Let’s write about it. Using laughter and various writing prompts, we will write a poem or two or a short prose piece. This is a chance to laugh and write. Additionally, bring one or more poems you like (except the form haiku), and some of your own work, and we will create something new from it. (Bring copies of poems for yourself only) This is an opportunity for experienced or novice writers. … Read more >

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Join us for a round-robin open reading in the beautiful Green Cay Wetlands Nature Preserve. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. This event is free to everyone! Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! Green Cay Wetlands Community Room Green Cay Preserve Nature Center 12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437 … Read more >

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House Performance event, featuring Dominique Christina and Marc Kelly Smith The four runners up will each receive $25 and a pair of tickets to the Coffee House Performance 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 winners will be invited to participate … Read more >

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us to participate in the largest poetry reading in history! Saturday, September 26th, The Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be hosting our fifth annual open-mic in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Visit our link with the central event site.     This is a global happening taking place at the same time in over 800 venues in 115 countries! Poets will read and perform work to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. You are welcome to read your own work or your favorite poems by other poets. Please limit your poem to one page, … Read more >

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Join us for a round-robin open reading in the beautiful Green Cay Wetlands Nature Preserve. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. This event is free to everyone! Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! Green Cay Wetlands Community Room Green Cay Preserve Nature Center 12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437 … Read more >

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - Monday, January 25th, 2016

Purchase tickets now and join us for any of our pubic events! Readings, afternoon craft talks, panel discussion, Sizzling Spoken Word! To learn more about the festival week and events that are open to the public, visit Schedule of Events to purchase tickets.                 Read more >

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 12:30pm

Join us for a round-robin open reading in the beautiful Green Cay Wetlands Nature Preserve. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. This event is free to everyone! Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! Green Cay Wetlands Community Room Green Cay Preserve Nature Center 12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437 … Read more >

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 4:00am

We were honored to have Natasha Trethewey as our Special Guest for an Interview by Chard deNiord, and her Gala Reading at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. A transcript of the interview was published in World Literature Today online, and a video and recording of the interview is available from our festival Youtube Channel. Read more >