Past Events
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 >

Thursday, January 18th, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Readings with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Rodney Jones followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Thursday, January 18th, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil: “Poetry & Friendship: Collaboration & Inspiration” 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 >

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening reading with Special Guest Poet Coleman Barks, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 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 >