Celebrating National Poetry Month with Brian Turner in the Schools

Brian Turner
Brian Turner

Delray Beach, FL – April 15, 2021 — The Palm Beach Poetry Festival will present Brian Turner Live and At Large with the Palm Beach County Schools on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:45 pm in a virtual reading, talk and Q&A on YouTube. The Festival has sponsored an annual poet-at-large in the Palm Beach County High Schools as part of the annual week long festival in January. In 2021 during the first virtual festival, Brian Turner gave an extraordinary evening reading, but his in-person readings in the schools were postponed due to the global pandemic.

Brian Turner’s landscape of writing is war but also the subject is love and loss. And healing. Turner is the author of two poetry collections, Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others; and Phantom Noise, which was shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry. His memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, was listed on Powell’s Best Nonfiction List in 2014. Turner served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He was also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division.

In his poetry and prose, Turner conveys both elegant and devastating portraits of what it means to be a soldier and a human being. His most recent publication, as editor, is The Kiss (2018), a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Here and Now, and on Weekend America, among others. He is the Director of the Low Residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.

In a 2005 New Yorker column titled “War Poet,” Turner says he wrote his poems in secret because the “backbone of the Army” can’t be hard-nosed if his underlings think he’s “writing about flowers.” Since the publication of Here, Bullet, the open secret is Turner not only mentors war veterans to develop their writing voices, but he also continues to explore and expand the boundaries of writing through different genres and often through poetry and music collaborations with artists around the globe. His most significant partner was his late wife, the poet Ilyse Kunitz, with whom he added love to the creative mix. Brian Turner, the poet and the person, shows us how bravery and empathy fine tune the human instrument of language. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon on Friday, April 23rd @ 1:45 pm, Brian Turner Live & At Large presented by Palm Beach Poetry Festival & Palm Beach County Schools.

Click on the following link at 1:45 pm, Friday, April 23, 2021 for:

Brian Turner Live and At Large

I’m where the raintrees sway in the wind. I’m watching the storm as it comes in off the / coast. I’m listening to the thunder of it. The many questions in the grass will be for others to answer.
From Brian Turner’s “Dear Silence, Dear Grief, Dear 2020”
Brian Turner Live & At Large Handout:  PBPF PBCS 2021 Brian Turner
We are grateful to the Palm Beach County School District’s Educational Technology Department for making this event possible. Extend the conversation. Please feel free to share what you have learned, where you are learning from, and other implementation ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #ETpbcPD and tagging the Educational Technology Department @EdTechPBC! This livestream will be recorded. It will be available immediately after the stream on the @EdTechPBC YouTube Channel.

FESTIVAL TO REPRISE EVENTS FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Palm Beach Poetry 2021 Festival Staff & Faculty on Zoom

The Festival is pleased to announce that we will Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Reprise of the 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival events on our YouTube Channel, 2021 Festival Reprise Events Playlist, throughout April 2021.

The 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was held in January for the first time on Zoom due to the global pandemic.

The festival featured workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and social events for poets and the public. Workshop faculty included poets: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes & Tim Seibles. Additional Faculty included: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Angela Narciso Torres, Brian Turner, and Karin De Weille. Special Guest was Gregory Orr with the Parkington Sisters presenting The Beloved: A Poetry & Song Cycle.

2021 Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival (Reprise) Playlist Schedule (Eastern Time)

Festival YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PalmBeachPoetryFestival

2021 Festival Craft Talks Reprise    3:00 pm /Mondays in April

Monday, April 5, 2021 3:00 pm

Kevin Prufer: The Music of Poetry

Martha Rhodes: Taking the Temperature: 98.6 to 1200 to 58 degrees and rising—dipping the thermometer into our poems.

https://youtu.be/H_g8Mg-wYDE

Monday, April 12, 2021 3:00 pm

David Baker: Subtlety and the Sublime

Vievee Francis: The Personal “I”: Why and How Our Lives Matter in The Poem

https://youtu.be/u0Ewgojqdgc

Monday, April 19, 2021 3:00 pm

Traci Brimhall: Love Is in The Repetition

https://youtu.be/8h2AW_3rKjQ

Monday, April 26, 2021 3:00 pm

Tim Seibles: Texture in Poetry: Satin vs. Corduroy

Karin de Weille: Exploring Metaphor: The Extraordinary Range of Possibilities

https://youtu.be/rbEJ11ViOqE

Special Festival Events Reprise    7:30 pm / Thursdays in April

Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:30 pm
Gregory Orr Interview by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

https://youtu.be/qJsRQsY7GlI

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:30 pm
Thomas Lux Memorial Reading with Special Guest Gregory Orr with the Parkington Sisters presenting an original music and poetry performance of The Beloved: A Poetry & Song Cycle.
[first presented by the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival] [Videography: Lee Gladstone, Gladstone Multimedia]

https://youtu.be/Sz5BnKBUXAM

Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Beloved Poems Panel: Tim Seibles, Martha Rhodes, Kevin Prufer, David Baker, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, & Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Moderated by Nickole Brown

https://youtu.be/jhYjyNCo7Gw

EVENING READINGS REPRISE: 4:00 pm / Saturday Afternoons in April

Saturday, April 3, 2021 4:00 pm
Conference Faculty Reading: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs & Angela Narciso Torres

Saturday, April 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Kickoff Reading: Traci Brimhall, Tim Seibles & Brian Turner

https://youtu.be/wlDSId95k20

Saturday, April 17, 2021 4:00 pm
Mid-Week Reading: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Kevin Prufer & Martha Rhodes

https://youtu.be/wfvuw4elGVQ

Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:00 pm
Final Reading: David Baker, Vievee Francis & Eduardo C. Corral

https://youtu.be/nstoLV29VDQ

The Festival will partner with Palm Beach County Schools to feature Brian Turner, Poet-At-Large for a live-streamed reading event, April 23rd at 1:45 pm. Stay tuned for more information on this performance.

The COVID global pandemic has affected each of us in so many ways. In the face of all fear, loss, upheaval and isolation, we we learned again What we always known. Poetry will always bring us together … especially at the Festival. We hope you will join us for a reprise of the 2021 festival throughout the month of April.

Won’t you also support our programming as we navigate these challenging times? No donation is too small, and will help to make it possible for us to continue …Visit: https://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/support-the-festival/give-now/

 

FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS 2021

Left to right 1st Row Aremu Adibisi Zachary Kluckman Zorina Frey Jessica Dionne Ariana Benson Armen Davoudian 2nd Row Nicole Dizon Jen Edwards Roman Johnson Julio César Diaz Jesus Vales Moira Walsh 3rd Row Kimberly Jackson Samn Stockwell Len Lawson Lisa Sullivan Lolita Stewart White Reyes Ramirez 4th Row Eric Tran Hannah Keziah Agustin Vernae Coffee Julia Levine Paul Hostovsky Karen Schubert 5th Row Yusef Salaam Nathaniel Soonest Kimberly Reyes Ashley Kim Elizabeth Mercurio Danielle Williams

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce a record-number of workshop fellowships and scholarships for the 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

Fellowships included the Langston Hughes Fellowships for African-American Poets; Kundiman Fellowships for Asian-American Poets; Canto-Mundo Fellowships for Latinx Poets, and the Thomas Lux Scholarship specifically for first time festival participants who would not otherwise be able to attend. A total of thirty fellowships and scholarships were awarded.

These fellowships and scholarships are funded through the generosity of several donors who wish to remain anonymous. “Though the Covid-19 pandemic prevented us from holding the festival in Delray Beach at Old School Square, as we have for the past 15 years, a virtual format has allowed us to open our doors even more widely to poets this year,” said Festival Director, Susan R. Williamson.

“Our festival, steeped in its 16-year history of January festivals from 2005 through 2020, faced a pandemic that has gutted cultural organizations of every size; closing venues, decimating air travel, and threatening the safety and well-being of gifted artists everywhere,” said Festival Founder, Miles Coon. “We had to decide between going dark for 2021 or going virtual.”

Past participants who often return year after year to attend festival workshops, prefer the in-person festival experience. But because of some very generous donations, we were able to offer Fellowships that usually include lodging during the Florida high season. It’s the virtual format that allowed us to make these opportunities available to the talented poets who submitted applications this year.

Such a diverse community of poets created a vital and energetic atmosphere in all of our online workshops this year. A new kind of community and participation can happen online. People discover new ways to connect, during Webinar readings and craft talks. Using the Zoom chat feature, attendees can address panelists and each other directly while readings are underway.  Craft Talks were followed by Q&A sessions, moderated by festival staff.

We are so proud and pleased to announce the names of fellowship and scholarship recipients who attended the virtual Palm Beach Poetry Virtual Festival, January 18-23, 2021.

 

CantoMundo Fellowship Awards: Reyes Ramirez, Houston, TX, Kimberly Reyes, Forest Hills, NY, Jesús I. Valles, Austin, TX

Langston Hughes Fellowship Awards:  Aremu Adams Adebisi, Ketu, Nigeria, Ariana Benson, Chesapeake, VA, Vernae Matikke Coffee, Tullahoma, TN, Zorina Frey, Doral, FL, Kimberly Jae, Ft Worth, TX, Len Lawson, Florence, SC, Soonest Nathaniel, Lagos , Nigeria, Yusef Salaam, New York, NY, Lolita Stewart-White, Miami, FL, Danielle P. Williams, Alexandria, VA

Kundiman Fellowship Awards: Hannah Keziah Agustin, Whitewater, WI, Armen Davoudian, Stanford, CA, Nicole Mairose Dizon, Los Angeles, CA, Ashley Sojin Kim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Eric Tran, Asheville, NC

Thomas Lux Scholarships:  Julio Cesar Diaz, Northampton, MA, Jessica Dionne, Apex , NC, Jennifer R. Edwards, Concord , NH, Paul Hostovsky, Medfield, MA, Roman Johnson, Brighton, MA, Zachary Kluckman, Albuquerque, NM, Julia B Levine 6, Davis, CA, Elizabeth Mercurio, Tampa, FL, Karen Schubert, Youngstown, OH, Samn Stockwell, Barre, VT, Lisa J. Sullivan, Plymouth, MA, Moira Walsh, Stuttgart, Germany.

 

CantoMundo nurtures and supports the numerous aesthetic and philosophical approaches of Latinx poetry in the USA, and builds on the aesthetically, culturally, and linguistically diverse work of Latinx poets, who have historically—and with limited economic resources—formed supportive literary spaces. CantoMundo’s first gathering convened in 2010.

 

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature, offering a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape.

 

 

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Langston Hughes Fellowship includes the application fee, tuition, and admission to all festival events. The fellow will be an outstanding African American poet who will benefit from and contribute to participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships are open by application to poets who identify as Black or African American. We are grateful to the administrators of the Langston Hughes Estate who assisted us by granting permission to name this fellowship.

We welcome inquiries from donors who may be interested in our efforts to expand the availability of these fellowships and seek to support the festival’s dedication to inclusiveness and enrichment of its workshops and public events. Donors may contribute to the PBPF Diversity Fellowship Fund, established to support these efforts. Interested donors may contact Festival Director, Susan R. Williamson or Founder, Miles Coon.

These fellowships are supported by the generous donations of individuals who wish to remain anonymous. In addition, the festival also offers a limited number of partial scholarships to applicants for whom partial assistance makes attendance possible. Email query must be made after applications are submitted.

2021 High School Poetry Contest Winners

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival believes in nurturing the creativity of the community’s young writers. Listening to their voices could not come at a better time for all of us. Click on their poems to read their outstanding work.

The winners of our Virtual High School Poetry Contest were selected from numerous entries submitted by students who attend Palm Beach County High Schools, Grades 9-12 – Public, Private Charter Schools, and Home-School. Our distinguished judge for this annual contest was Dr. Jeff Morgan, Professor, English and Dialogues of Learning, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. The winner received $200 and the four runners up each received $100. All winners and runners up received two pairs of tickets to the festival’s virtual poetry readings of their choice and a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers.

The Winners of the 2021 High School Poetry Contest:           

 

 

1st Place: Alissa Xiao

Senior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Garden of Eden”

 

 

 

The Four Runners up are:

 

2nd Place: Emma-Jade Cantrell                   

Junior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“How to Avoid Hypothermia”

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place: Graysen Williams

Sophomore, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“My Crown”

 

 

 

 

 

4thPlace: Katherine Oung  

Senior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“Bearing Fruit”  

 

 

 

 

 

5thPlace:  Justin Benitez                               

Junior, Spanish River High

“Here I Stand on the Shores of Time”

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our winning poets. Thank you for submitting your wonderful poems!

2021 VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

The 17th Annual Festival, took place January 18-23, 2021–our first virtual festival and included six days and evenings of workshops, readings, interview, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more.

Featured poets were: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles. Featured Poets: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Angela Narciso Torres, Karin De Weille and Brian Turner. Special Guest: Gregory Orr and the Parkington Sisters performed The Beloved: A Poetry & Song Cycle in three parts.

 

 

2020 High School Poetry Contest (deadline December 1st!)

The 17th Annual Virtual 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 virtual Friday night reading event featuring Poet At Large Brian Turner
  • The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the virtual 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

ELIGIBILITY: All Palm Beach County High School Students, Grades 9-12 – Public, Private Charter Schools, and Home-School

RULES:

  1. Poems may be submitted October 15th through December 1, 2020, as follows:
  2. Submit one poem, 30 lines maximum, single-spaced, 12-point type.
  3. Your name, address, phone number, email address, name of high school, teacher’s name, and grade level will be entered as you complete the Submittable entry. All entries will be read blind using Submittable.
  4. By submitting a poem to the contest, the student agrees to be named in press releases and media stories about the contest and the festival.
  5. Your submission is an agreement that if selected as a winner, you will submit a video reading of the winning poem, and a headshot for promotional purposes.
  6. Any Submission containing profanity will be declined.

Submissions that do not adhere to these rules will be refused. Keep a copy of your poem, as the original will not be returned. Winners and runners up will be notified by January 1st, 2021. Enter the Palm Beach Poetry Festival High School Poetry Contest using this link.

DISTINGUISHED JUDGE:
Dr. Jeff Morgan, English Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fellowships

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce it will offer three fellowships that provide full workshop tuition and admission to all festival events for the upcoming 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 18-23, 2021. The fellowships are offered to open the festival workshop doors widely to qualified poets and to ensure the festival’s workshops provide enriching experiences through working with poets from a wide variety of cultures.

The three fellowships are the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, the CantoMundo Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fellowship, and the Kundiman Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fellowship.

Each fellowship recipient will be an outstanding poet who will benefit from, and contribute to, participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships applications are now open. For details, please visit the links below to each for specifics, details and to apply. Applications are now open, and the deadline to apply for these fellowships is December 15, 2020.

CantoMundo nurtures and supports the numerous aesthetic and philosophical approaches of Latinx poetry in the USA, and builds on the aesthetically, culturally, and linguistically diverse work of Latinx poets, who have historically—and with limited economic resources—formed supportive literary spaces. CantoMundo’s first gathering convened in 2010. Use this link to find out more about the CantoMundo /Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2021 Fellowship and to apply.

 

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature, offering a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape. Use this link to find out more about the Kundiman / Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2021 Fellowship and to apply.

 

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Langston Hughes Fellowship includes the application fee, tuition, and admission to all festival events. The fellow will be an outstanding African American poet who will benefit from and contribute to participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships are open by application to poets who identify as Black or African American. We are grateful to the administrators of the Langston Hughes Estate who assisted us by granting permission to name this fellowship. You may use this link to apply for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes 2021 Fellowship.

We welcome inquiries from donors who may be interested in our efforts to expand the availability of these fellowships and seek to support the festival’s dedication to inclusiveness and enrichment of its workshops and public events. Donors may contribute to the PBPF Diversity Fellowship Fund, established to support these efforts. Interested donors may contact Festival Director, Susan R. Williamson or Founder, Miles Coon.

These fellowships are supported by the generous donations of individuals who wish to remain anonymous. In addition, the festival also offers a limited number of partial scholarships to applicants for whom partial assistance makes attendance possible. Email query must be made after applications are submitted.

2021 Thomas Lux Scholarship & Langston Hughes Fellowship

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 Thomas Lux Scholarship and the 2021 Langston Hughes Fellowship are now open. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.

Through the generosity of some very special donors, we are offering a Thomas Lux Scholarship to provide one full workshop tuition scholarship for the upcoming 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival to a poet who has not previously attended a festival workshop. The scholarship covers full participant tuition and admission to all festival events. This fellowship is intended for a poet of promise who would benefit from the festival week events and workshop and would not otherwise be able to attend. A statement of need is requested with the application.

We are grateful to the individuals who united in the spirit of teaching, mentoring, and fostering excellence in poetry to honor the legacy of Thomas Lux’s life and work. He always gave support to poets who sought to develop their skill and abilities and recommended to many that they apply to attend the festival. Lux said, “The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is the most rigorous, intense, and exciting poetry program in the country. Most important: excellent teaching.” Our festival always will remain synonymous with the creative lifeblood of this fine human being and gifted poet. You may use this link to apply for the Thomas Lux Scholarship.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Langston Hughes Fellowship includes the application fee, tuition, and admission to all festival events. The fellow will be an outstanding African American poet who will benefit from, and contribute to, participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships are open by application to poets who identify as Black or African American. We are grateful to the administrators of the Langston Hughes Estate who assisted us by granting permission to name this fellowship. You may use this link to apply for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes 2021 Fellowship.

Note: The festival does offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships, subject to available funding, to applicants who might otherwise be unable to attend. The festival does not accept applications to more than one fellowship or scholarship opportunity in any single year. Duplicate applications may disqualify the applicant.

APPLY TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL!

17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival Virtual Workshop Applications are open now!

Our line-up features Workshop Faculty Poets: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles.

Our Special Guest is Gregory Orr accompanied by The Parkington Sisters; Poet-at-Large Brian Turner; and Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applications are now open for this extraordinary opportunity to attend the festival virtually.

Workshop admission is by application. To apply, visit our Faculty & Featured Poets page, review the application guidelines, and apply online, using Submittable. The deadline is December 15th.

A full week of extraordinary virtual poetry events with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets: readings, craft talks, interviews and panel discussions, workshops, all to be enjoyed online with a community of poets attending from all over the United States and beyond. We will gather via our computers for our 17th year to experience the best of the best poetry has to offer. Workshops offer time to focus on your work as a poet. Festival events are open to the public and take place over six days and evenings. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript conferences, panel discussion, and so much more.

The 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held virtually January 18-23, 2021.

 

2021 FESTIVAL TO BE PRESENTED VIRTUALLY

July 15, 2020, DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA — Palm Beach Poetry Festival Director, Susan R. Williamson, today announced that the 2021 festival, which for 16 years has been a South Florida event in Delray Beach, will hold its 17th Annual Festival virtually. “Poetry brings us together, whether in the flesh or in cyberspace. The festival’s purpose is to provide nationally recognized learning opportunities for writers of poetry and a world-class, life-enriching series of cultural events for our audiences,” said Miles Coon, Founder & Director.

“Our festival is all about light … the light that we reach for from darkness, and find in poetry … together. So we will not succumb to the uncertainties of the pandemic and go dark in 2021,” said Director, Susan R. Williamson.

As a Florida nonprofit corporation, part of the festival’s mission is to organize educational outreach programs that bring the pleasures of poetry to the community. We are a proud member of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. But for January 2021, our community promises to grow beyond the bounds of the much loved location we have enjoyed for the past 16 years. “We are hard at work on the technical aspects of presenting the festival and once again, offering the workshops led by some of America’s most award-winning and engaging poets, also renowned for their teaching,” said Assistant Director, Jennifer Litt.

2021 readings, craft talks, special events, and poetry workshops feature another stellar faculty lineup: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles; Special Guest Poet Gregory Orr, who will present The Beloved, a poetry-song cycle created in collaboration with the extraordinary Parkington Sisters; and Poet-at-Large Brian Turner. Details forthcoming via the festival website, Twitter and Facebook.

“In January, we we will once again listen to each other’s words and see each other’s faces, even if we cannot be together in Delray Beach,” said Founder Miles Coon. “The festival staff are working on ways to also present the social events we all look forward to in a virtual format,” said Coon. These virtual opportunities promise to once again create a one-of-a-kind festival experience in January 2021.