Faculty & Featured Poets

Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshop faculty includes: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Reginald Gibbons, Jessica Jacobs, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith.  Our Special Guest Poet will be Joy Harjo and Patricia Smith will be the festival Poet-at-Large.

Join us at the 16th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 20-25, 2020 where poetry is the conversation!

The application period will begin in June.

Workshop Faculty
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR ’s most recent poetry collection is These Many Rooms (Four Way Books, 2019). She also is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and Small Gods of Grief, which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize ... Read more >
WAIT… LET ME REPHRASE THIS with LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
Many poets find it challenging to revise their work without the help of a workshop group or mentor. This inter-active workshop will focus on how can we acquire the tools we need to revise poems on our own. We’ll work on strengthening those new skills which will — systematically and in depth — address all the elements of a poem: form, syntax, tone, metaphor, line-breaks, etc. This interactive workshop will be fun, so do bring your sense of humor. Also bring 3 poems (no more than 1 page in 12pt font) that you feel are “stuck.”  I will give prompts ... 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 >
2020 WORKSHOP with NICKOLE BROWN & JESSICA JACOBS
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon! Read more >
REGINALD GIBBONS
Born and raised in Houston, Reginald Gibbons earned his BA in Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University, and both his MA in English and creative writing and his PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP with REGINALD GIBBONS
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon! Read more >
MAJOR JACKSON
Major Jackson is the author of four books of poetry, including Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP with MAJOR JACKSON
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon! 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 finalist ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP with NICKOLE BROWN & JESSICA JACOBS
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon! Read more >
DANA LEVIN
Dana Levin’s most recent book of poetry is the remarkable Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, won the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive nearly every award ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP WITH DANA LEVIN
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon!   Read more >
ADRIAN MATEJKA
Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP with ADRIAN MATEJKA
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon! Read more >
MAGGIE SMITH
Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005).  Lamp of the Body won the 2003 Benjamin ... Read more >
2020 WORKSHOP with MAGGIE SMITH
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach. Complete details coming soon Read more >
Special Guest
JOY HARJO
Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN ... Read more >
2020 Special Guest, Joy Harjo
The festival welcomes Joy Harjo to the festival as our Special Guest. She will be interviewed with Laure-Anne Bosselaar and will deliver the annual Thomas Lux Memorial Reading following the festival gala. Read more >
Poet at Large
PATRICIA SMITH
PATRICIA SMITH is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist ... Read more >
2020 Poet At Large: PATRICIA SMITH
The festival Poet At Large will appear for a special evening reading on Friday, January 24th, and also present to high school students throughout Palm Beach County during festival week. This year’s Poet At Large is Patricia Smith. We anticipate that this program will reach one of the largest festival audiences in our history. It is an honor to welcome Patricia Smith to the festival in this new role to reach an important festival audience including teachers and students beyond the walls of the Crest Theatre. 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. Her collection of poems, Permanent Address, won the Richard Snyder ... 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, 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 $99, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!       Conferences are available to accepted participants and auditors, not to the general ... 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, 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 $99, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!       Conferences are available to accepted participants and auditors, not to the general ... Read more >
Angela Narciso Torres
Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (Willow Books Poetry Prize). Her work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, Quarterly West, Missouri Review, Bellingham Review, Cortland Review, and PANK. A graduate of Warren ... 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, 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 $99, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!       Conferences are available to accepted participants and auditors, not to the general ... Read more >