Past Events
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us October 17th us for a round-robin poetry reading in the beautiful Green Cay Wetlands Nature Preserve. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry informally around the circle in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! *Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room may be cold. **Please be prompt as we will start to read at 1:00 pm. Read more >

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this workshop, we will explore how place – and placelessness – impact a poem’s potency. Being grounded fully in a specific place allows for the poet to swim in unique images and evoke sensory details that breathe life into the poem. Attendees will discuss various grounded poems and move into the “in-between” that are less identifiable as real, specific, or singular places. How does the choice of setting and the establishment of a world’s rules serve the poetic purpose? Handouts will be provided with examples of poems that use place as a key tool in advancing the power of … Read more >

Monday, October 1st, 2018 - Friday, December 14th, 2018

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 Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Tyehimba Jess 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 winners will be invited to participate in … Read more >

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm

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 >

Friday, June 15th, 2018 - Monday, November 12th, 2018

We are now accepting applications for attendance at the 2019 festival workshops. Please visit our Faculty and Workshops page to see the full offerings from our faculty, which includes: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo and Eleanor Wilner. Applications open June 15, 2018 and will be accepted through the deadline November 12, 2018. Apply online using Submittable or download a 2019_Application pdf to apply by mail.     Read more >

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord and Tim Seibles, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm

The 2018 Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be presented in loving memory of Thomas Lux. A Tribute to Thomas Lux will celebrate the life and the work and the essential role Tom played in founding the festival and making it an ongoing vibrant literary event. In addition to Tom’s biographical history, his 14 collections of poems, his well-earned prizes, awards and accolades, his teaching and reading at every festival, his service as chair of the Poets Advisory Board, and his boundless and enduring friendship, our Founder has addressed Thomas Lux’s role of fatherhood of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in … Read more >

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm

A Festival Favorite! All nine faculty poets share and discuss beloved poems that have been influential in their lives and in their writing. Panel will be moderated by poet/writer Julie Marie Wade. Read more >

Friday, January 19th, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Performances by Slam Champions Elizabeth Acevedo and Aja Monet, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Friday, January 19th, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: “I, you, him, her and who? (Pronoun Choice in Four Contemporary Poems)” Beth Ann Fennelly: “A Hummingbird of Words: the Micro-Memoir” Each poet will give a 1/2 hour talk on an element of poetic craft. Readers of poetry will walk away with a greater appreciation of what goes into the making of a poem; writers will leave with tools to improve their craft. Event will take place in the Crest Theatre followed by a Q & A. Read more >