Past Events
Thursday, January 11th, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

The perfect setting for this workshop is the beautiful landscape of the Morikami Museum and Gardens. The festival returns for the 12th year to explore this poetic form with Yaddyra Peralta, who will lead participants to be inspired by the form and their surroundings. Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, a combination of prose and haiku. Participants will look at a brief history of the haibun and examine various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Kobyahsi Issa whose work is known both for its humanism and its sense … Read more >

Monday, January 1st, 2018 - Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit an original poem inspired by the LOOKING GLASS Exhibition at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum at Old School Square! Five cash prizes and five honorable mentions will be selected by contest judge, Stephen Gibson. First Prize: $100.00; Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Prizes: 4 awards of $25.00 each; Five Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases. The works in the Looking Glass exhibition delve into ways in which visual artists approach ideas of reflection and perception. The unique artworks on … Read more >

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival Alzheimer’s Poetry Project: Holiday Poetry Reading and Sing Along. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to join us at this beautiful assisted living facility to read your favorite holiday poems and sing holiday songs to an enthusiastic audience of residents. All ages are welcome.     Read more >

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Participants, please bring 4 single page poems (they may be your own poems, or your favorite poets) to read around the circle as we pass the mic. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! Read more >

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm

This workshop explores how to write poetry rooted in activism that is persuasive rather than alienating. Effective political poetry requires more than an opinionated stance; thoughtfulness, accuracy, and compassion are also necessary to win over readers. To understand this balance, we will study overtly political work such as Audre Lorde and Danez Smith alongside more gentle poems of social change by Walt Whitman and Ross Gay in order to generate our own poems of justice.   Bio: Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh), which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize and … Read more >

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm

This generation-based workshop will explore the emulative possibilities of elegies written by poets as diverse in voice and style as Jericho Brown, Eugenia Leigh, Larry Levis, and Muriel Rukeyser. We’ll also consider what the elegy borrows from the ode, its lyric cousin, in paying homage to a beloved person, place, or thing. BIO: Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of poetry and four collections of prose, most recently Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016) and SIX: Poems, selected by C.D. Wright as the winner of the AROHO/ To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize.  Other volumes include Wishbone: A Memoir in … Read more >

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Participants welcome, please bring four single-page poems (they may be your own poems, or your favorite poets) to read around the circle. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! Read more >

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Poetry and prose? Writers often reach new depths in their work when they immerse themselves in the nebulous poetry/non-fiction divide. In this workshop, poets will use lyric essay techniques to prompt and guide their work. We will read and learn from different types of lyric essays including braided, flash, collage and hermit crab. By opening themselves up to hybrid possibilities, participants will see their work to spill into new territory, either revisiting existing themes in new ways and/or plunging into previously unexplored spaces. Bio: Monica Isabel Restrepo has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Before becoming a lyric essayist, Monica did financial … Read more >

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 - Friday, December 1st, 2017

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 Elizabeth Acevedo and Aja Monet 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: and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited to participate in exclusive … Read more >

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 3:30pm - 6:30pm

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 118 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 >