Past Events
Monday, January 18th, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Join us for the High School Poetry Contest Award Ceremony in the Crest Theatre to honor this year’s award-winning poets and hear them read the winning poems. Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2016 - Sunday, April 17th, 2016

The festival invites you to visit the WILD Exhibit in the Old School Square’s Cornell Art Museum to be inspired to submit a poem to the WILD EKPHRASTIC POETRY CONTEST, January 18-April 17, 2016. Poets are invited to submit one poem maximum 30 lines, inspired by one of the selected works by Plein Air Palm Beach artists in the Exhibit. For Complete Guidelines, visit:   Read more >

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm

HAIKU UNIVERSITY AT MORIKAMI MUSEUM & GARDENS with YADDYRA PERALTA In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and structure of Japanese haiku with a direct focus on the translations of Robert Hass, former United States Poet Laureate and Special Guest Poet at the 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. After discussing his translations of the three haiku masters, and their influence on Hass’s poetry, participants will take a short walk around the beautiful gardens at Morikami Museum where they will generate their own haiku or haiku-inspired image rich poems.  Participants are encouraged to share at the end of the session. … Read more >

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Let’s examine what a poem can do simultaneously: create a short narrative, invent original phrases, construct sparkling juxtapositions, lead to an epiphany, probe psychological depth, and sculpt elegant stanzas. Some poems sparkle with originality. Some sing with musicality and lines that breathe like arias. Others have a message that moves us deeply. The shape a poem makes invites us to read it. We will revisit the sonnet form to use in a modern way as well as various free verse strategies. Christine will give a reading of her work, then discuss the shaping of some of those poems. She will … Read more >

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Join us to hear acclaimed local, label signed recording artists as they discuss their lyric writing process and play original music: Max Markwell, Bill Hartman, Stephen Minotti, Maggie Baugh, Shawn Mallon, Aymber Daniel, Robert Bidney, Cassidy Diana, Kristen Spencer, Eric Muniz, Rich Guastella and other special guest musicians. We hope you will join us for this rocking event! Come and learn how to write lyrics. Hear all about the process of songwriting from acclaimed local, record label signed recording artists. They’ll teach you the basics of songwriting and will also discuss their approach to writing lyrics. They’ll also play original music. Featuring musicians: Bill … Read more >

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: and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited to participate … Read more >