Past Events
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 >

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope you will join us for our eleventh year of this much loved and well-attended quarterly event at Green Cay Wetlands. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! The room can be very cool, please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort. Read more >

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

You are crafting a perfect poem. You have designed it to your exacting specifications. It does precisely what you wanted it to do. And it couldn’t be more predictable. More than once during the 2017 PBPF workshop Carl Phillips asked, “What is at stake in this poem?” We will ask that question and look for the missed opportunities that the poem presents. Bring works in progress or write from examples and prompts. Michael Mackin O’Mara has lived and worked in West Palm Beach, Florida since the 1980s. Before that he studied under Hans and Ilse Juergensen at the University of South Florida. He is the managing … Read more >

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am

Save the Date to join us in spreading the love of poetry in summertime, and the living is easy reading at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. Our poetry troupe will take to the mic to read poems of summer and, if the mood strikes, sing happy songs of yesteryear. Please bring 5 (one-page) poems, your own or your favorites. Feel free to sing some golden oldie songs as this group responds to the lyrics and poetry of music! Sunrise always has a large audience to welcome us, so join us for this rewarding experience. This event will be held in the furthest building to the right of the … Read more >

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

This workshop will focus on food in poetry.We will be reading a variety of delicious contemporary poems. Photos will be served to whet your appetite as we dig into, and write our own culinary poems. All students will have the opportunity to share their poems at the end of the workshop. Holly Jaffe has been living in South Florida for 24 years where she and her husband raised three sons. Holly began writing poems later in life says that poetry inspired her to rediscover family, people, herself and the planet. Her poems have been published in, Red Fez, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories, Kleft Jaw,Vext Magazine and … Read more >

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion (Best Original Screenplay, The Piano, 1993) comes an film based on the true story of love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer—even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art – and great love – last forever. Hosted by Professor Bonnie Bonincontri   Bonnie Bonincontri is an assistant professor teaching writing in … Read more >

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

With John Childrey 1999’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is an delightful adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. This film version appears to follow word for word Shakespeare’s original masterpiece, only exchanging the time and place of the story from classical Athens to the village of Monte Athena, Italy, at the turn of the Nineteenth Century as the setting for this enchanting version of William Shakespeare’s play, directed by Michael Hoffman. Professsor John Childrey calls many places home as he lived in Richmond (VA), Littleton (NC), Concrete (WA) and Savannah (GA), Charlottesville (VA), Lynchburg (VA), West Lafayette (IN) and since 1977, Coral Springs (FL).  A college … Read more >

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Featuring conversations with his poet friends, colleagues, an original score by Iron and Wine, and film excerpts by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Lois Patiño, this innovative documentary explores Levis’s childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words and poems for answers. Join the filmmaker, Michele Poulos, and producer Gregory Donovan, for a screening and talk about this film. Read more >