Faculty & Featured Poets

Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles.  Our Special Guest Poet will be Gregory Orr and Brian Turner will be the festival Poet-at-Large.

Join us at the 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in virtually from Delray Beach, Florida, January 18-23, 2021 where poetry is the conversation!

Applications will open soon.

Workshop Faculty
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 >
Together we’ll work on your poems inside and out in hands-on, line by line discussion of at least three poems from each participant. To shape our conversation and study, bring three relatively short poems-in-progress: a confessional or autobiographical poem; an erotic, social, collective, or political poem; a nature poem.  One focused on self, one about “the other” or others, and one whose concern is less with people and more with nature or a natural entity.  The categories are general, so don’t worry. During the week I’ll add exercises, prompts for writing and strategies for revision, and bring poems as examples—old and contemporary, ... Read more >
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 >
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 >
Traci Brimhall
TRACI BRIMHALL is the author of four collections of poetry: Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon Press, 2020); Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2017);  Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché ... Read more >
2021 Workshop with Traci Brimhall
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Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral earned degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino ... Read more >
2021 Workshop with Eduardo C. Corral
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Vievee Francis
Vievee Francis was born in West Texas. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and she received a Rona Jaffe Award the same year. She is the author of Forest Primeval ... Read more >
2021 Workshop with Vievee Francis
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Kevin Prufer
Kevin Prufer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1969. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and MFA degrees from Hollins University and Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several poetry ... Read more >
2021 Workshop with Kevin Prufer
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MARTHA RHODES is the author of five collections of poetry: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet, The Beds, and The Thin Wall (forthcoming in 2017). Her poems have been published in ... Read more >
This workshop will focus on how we establish, sustain and shift tone in our poems. We will look at each poem presented with an eye toward diction, punctuation, line, stanza, pacing, etc. and how these craft elements influence the realization of our poems. We will also look at handouts of poems during our week together and there will be some in-class writing.  Participants will submit 5 poems not to exceed 10 pages total by email in a single word document, in advance of the workshop by December 20th at the latest. We may not discuss all five poems but you ... Read more >
TIM SEIBLES is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His latest collection, One Turn Around the Sun was released in 2018. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) was re-released ... Read more >
Often, after writing a poem, we become a bit intoxicated by it.  Our emotional investment in the developing drafts may blind us to the flaws and greater possibilities of what we have begun.  This workshop will focus on revision, on the seeing again of poems.  The goal is to sharpen our sense of works in progress, so that we might compose pieces that fully engage our audience. Everything is in play as a poem takes shape: subject, imagery, lineation, tone, duration, diction, and more.  Each of these facets affects what and how a poem does what it does. With closer scrutiny, we can maximize the power ... 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 >
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 ... Read more >