Past Events
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Traci Brimhall, Tim Seibles, and Brian Turner will kick off the 2021 Festival with virtual readings of their brilliant poems, with a curated Q & A to follow.   Read more >

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Special Guest, and master poet, Gregory Orr will be interviewed by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Followed by Q&A.     Read more >

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Craft Talks with Kevin Prufer & Martha Rhodes 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. Each poet will discuss poetry craft for 30 minutes, followed by a collaborative Q&A session with the audience. Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2021 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Conference Faculty Poets — Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs and Angela Narciso Torres — read their poetry for festival participants and the public. — FREE EVENT  — Reserve your place below.   Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2021 5:00pm - 6:45pm

                This is a welcome event for festival faculty, workshop participants, interns and staff. We hope to have the opportunity to introduce you to all the people who will be working with you and presenting at our events throughout the week. This event is ONLY FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, FACULTY, INTERNS & STAFF Read more >

Monday, January 18th, 2021 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

BOOKS, BREAKOUT ROOMS AND BOOKPLATES Oh my! Our in-house bookseller, Delray Beach’s independent bookstore, Murder on the Beach is managing our virtual bookstore and book signings by our featured poets this year. The Bookstore will be open following reading events for book purchase and signing by the featured poets in breakout rooms. A book list is provided as well as a secure means to make your purchase. Join us at the Bookstore!   MURDER ON THE BEACH VIRTUAL hours: Eastern Time (US and Canada) Jan 21, 2021 09:30 PM Jan 22, 2021 04:00 PM Jan 22, 2021 09:30 PM Jan … Read more >

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

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

Saturday, June 6th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this prompt-based, fast-paced writing workshop with Jan Becker, participants will learn about the poetic transformation of seemingly ordinary events and objects into profound observations that alter a reader’s perception of the world and create a deeper appreciation for seemingly mundane aspects of daily life. Participants will examine poems from William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and Richard Blanco, discuss the idea of “poetic vision” and “poetic voice” and create poems that elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary and remain in the minds of readers long after the poem has ended. Jan Becker earned her MFA degree at Florida International … Read more >

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome. FREE Read more >

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In his poem Where Shame Comes From, Steve Healey writes, “The candles are forgetting how / to light the holes in our bodies. / Still, they dine on thunder and hearts, / for soon they will do a quiet crime.” How can we turn the quiet crimes of our bodies into art? People often do not see shame as a motivator for poetry, or even for language. Usually, moments of embarrassment or shame are swept under the rug; people prefer to forget shame rather than immortalize it in words. In this workshop, participants will study successful poems about shame, and how to … Read more >