Faculty & Featured Poets

Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets in a virtual workshop! Workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles.

Each workshop is limited to twelve participants and up to three auditors who are observers. The festival week’s events and workshops provide world-class opportunities for inspiration and time for you to focus on your work in an intimate virtual setting.

Join us from wherever you are at the virtual 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 18-23, 2021, where poetry will once again bring us together! Applications are now open!

Workshop Faculty
DAVID BAKER
DAVID BAKER is the author of  Swift: New & Selected Poems (Norton 2019),  Scavenger Loop (Norton 2015) and Never-Ending Birds, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His five books of prose include Show ... Read more >
TIME and TIME AGAIN with DAVID BAKER
Together we’ll work on your poems inside and out, in our hands-on line-by-line discussion of three poems by each participant. To shape our conversation and study, submit two one-page poems and be ready to write a third poem during the week. Your first poem should be a poem that occurs in a single time and place. The second should be a poem that moves across different times and/or spaces, perhaps mixing or juxtaposing them. The third? That’ll be my surprise. I realize these categories are general or abstract; so don’t worry.  All week I’ll add exercises, prompts for writing, and strategies ... Read more >
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001, and of A New Hunger, an ALA Notable Book. Four Way ... Read more >
OK. WAIT. LET ME REPHRASE THIS. with LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
The focus of this workshop will be on revision: how can we acquire the tools we need to revise our poems on our own? Many aspiring and even experienced poets find it challenging to revise on their own, without the help of a workshop or mentor. Participants will learn how to strengthen and hone their revision skills—systematically and in depth— and address all the elements of a poem: form, syntax, tone, metaphor, images, line-breaks, opening and closings, to name a few. Each student in this workshop should have twelve 4 x 6 index cards ready for the first workshop meeting. Read more >
TRACI BRIMHALL
TRACI BRIMHALL is the author of four poetry collections: Come the Slumberless from the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon); Saudade (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets ... Read more >
BETWEEN CLARITY and WILDERNESS: HOW TO TUNE YOUR TENSION with TRACI BRIMHALL
Every writer has their strengths, but we often tend to over-rely on what we already know we do well. In this workshop, we will focus on how to create a balance of tension in poems. We will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and music, emotion and intellect. We will then use exercises to generate new work that tries to balance our inherent strengths by employing vocabulary, syntax, and tonal choices we normally shy away from. We will also workshop some new poems. If you have a natural gift for image and ... Read more >
EDUARDO C. CORRAL
EDUARDO C. CORRAL  is the author of two books. Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. Graywolf Press will publish his second book, Guillotine, in 2020. He’s the recipient of a ... Read more >
THE PLEASURES OF REVISING with EDUARDO C. CORRAL
This workshop will focus on the revision process. We’ll discuss various revision strategies that will help us tighten our poems, but also explore revision as a process that allows us to imagine other possibilities for our work. That’s the true work of revision: to make visible the most interesting and challenging shadows cast by the work. On the first day, we’ll discuss the three pleasures (linguistic, emotional, intellectual) found in literary text. These three pleasures are often employed as a reading strategy, but participants will examine how they can also help us revise and reimagine our work. The workshop will ... Read more >
VIEVEE FRANCIS
Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly; Horse in the Dark, winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection; and Forest Primeval, winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award ... Read more >
LOOK! UP IN THE SKY … / THE SKY IS FALLING: Ascendant and Descendent Gestures in the Poem with VIEVEE FRANCIS
In this workshop we will explore how poems need not end with an ascendant or descendent gesture to be as haunting and powerful as a poem that affirms the human condition and assures us that we will rise above all of its circumstances. This workshop is based on a series of lectures on inspirational poetry, sometimes called the poetry of agreements; and literary poetry, sometimes referred to as the poetry of dislocation. We will discuss where these types of poetries intersect, but also where they differ in their aims and how we may use various types of closure to free ... Read more >
KEVIN PRUFER
KEVIN PRUFER is the author of seven books of poetry and the editor of numerous anthologies, the most recent of which are How He Loved Them (Four Way Books, 2018), Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In a Beautiful ... Read more >
CONVENTIONS OF FREE VERSE with KEVIN PRUFER
All poetry is conventional and all convention exists in public spaces and in history.  This workshop will take these truths to be fundamental to free verse poetry and, drawing from them, will examine the various ways poetic conventions might be considered by poets practicing what is, ultimately, a public art.  (Critic Harry Levin has noted, “A private convention, like a prefabricated myth, is a contradiction in terms.”) We will discuss what constitutes a line of free verse poetry, the many ways groups of free verse lines can be in communication with each other (and with you), what silence and interiority ... Read more >
MARTHA RHODES
Martha Rhodes holds a BA from the New School and an MFA from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (1991), and has taught in the program since 2002. She is also on ... Read more >
WHAT'S IN A POEM? Looking for Lines Within Our Lines, Stanzas Within Our Stanzas, Poems Within Our Poems with MARTHA RHODES
Participants will discuss how the poet is handling content – the decisions that have been made in terms of diction, form, pacing, syntax, etc. with a mind to coming up with useful ideas for revision. We will also see– and this is important—if the poem can travel down another path that has not yet occurred to the writer. In other words, we’ll look at the poem both in terms of its intent and we’ll mine the material of the poem to see if there are other possibilities for it that are of interest to the writer. There will be prompts ... Read more >
TIM SEIBLES
Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos, and Fast Animal, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial ... Read more >
ODES, AUBADES & ELEGIES: Tone as Illumination with TIM SEIBLES
In this generative workshop, we will be writing and revising poems of delight, celebration, and grief, paying special attention to tone of voice. Tone is often defined as an author’s attitude toward her subject, but tone is also content. It is the implicit invitation to feel with the author, to enter the head and heart of the poet to see how and what he sees. What exactly makes a poem express gladness or sorrow? How does imagery, for example, affect tone—or diction? By comparing a variety of odes, aubades, and elegies, we will explore the various elements that establish and ... Read more >
Special Guest
GREGORY ORR
GREGORY ORR is the author of more than 10 collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, Gregory Orr is a master of the short, personal lyric. His poetry has been widely ... Read more >
GREGORY ORR, Special Guest Poet
For this year’s Thomas Lux Memorial Reading and special interview, the festival is pleased to present The Beloved: A Poetry and Song Cycle, a collaborative work created by Gregory Orr and The Parkington Sisters. This original work features the extraordinary musical compositions and lyric adaptation of Gregory Orr’s poems by the Parkington Sisters sequenced with Gregory Orr’s reading and performance. Don’t miss this! We will also present a one-on-one interview of Gregory Orr by Laure-Anne Bosselaar to be followed by a Q&A session with the poet. More information about these special events is forthcoming.     Read more >
Poet at Large
BRIAN TURNER
BRIAN TURNER was born in Visalia, California. He received a BA from Fresno State in 1994 and an MFA from the University of Oregon in 1996. He is the author of the poetry collections Phantom ... Read more >
BRIAN TURNER, 2021 POET AT LARGE
  Descriptions of 2021 Poet-at-Large Brian Turner’s virtual high school performances and a special evening event with this distinguished poet are forthcoming.   Read more >
Conference Faculty
LORNA KNOWLES BLAKE
LORNA KNOWLES BLAKE was born in Havana, Cuba and spent her childhood in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Puerto Rico before coming to the United States. She received the 2017 Able Muse Award for her book, ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!                     Conferences ... Read more >
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence e in 2002. Her poems have appeared in  Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, the NYT, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!                     Conferences ... Read more >
NICKOLE BROWN
NICKOLE BROWN received her MFA from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. She’s the ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!                     Conferences ... Read more >
JESSICA JACOBS
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books, 2019), Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press, 2015), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!                     Conferences ... Read more >
Angela Narciso Torres
Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (Willow Books Poetry Prize). Her second collection, What Happens is Neither, is forthcoming from Four Way Books; and a chapbook, To the Bone, from Sundress Publications. ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!                     Conferences ... Read more >
Additional Faculty
Karin de Weille
Karin de Weille  has taught literature at the University of Toronto, the New School, and John Jay College, where she was assistant professor, and creative writing at various venues: the Hugo House in Seattle, family ... Read more >