Faculty & Featured Poets

Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. This year’s faculty includes: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Six days and evenings of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Additional Faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Stephen Gibson. Special Guest: Sharon Olds, and, Poet-At-Large, Tyehimba Jess.

Join us to celebrate at the 15th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 21-26, 2019!

Apply to attend a workshop! Application deadline is November 12, 2018.

Workshop Faculty
ELLEN BASS
ELLEN BASS is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book, Like A Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), was a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry ... Read more >
IMITATION, INTEGRATION, INNOVATION: LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS with ELLEN BASS
“Imitation, conscious imitation, is one of the great methods, perhaps the method of learning to write,” said Theodore Roethke. In this workshop we’ll consider a variety of contemporary poems that demonstrate specific aspects of the craft. Then we’ll make our own poems that build upon the past to create something fresh. Each day we’ll study a particular element of the craft, write new poems, and share our work. Please bring to workshop one or two poems you admire that utilize strategies that intrigue you, and also a poem of your own that you want to revise. Expect to leave with ... Read more >
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR is the author and of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of Small Gods of Grief which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry. Her third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was ... 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 >
STUART DISCHELL
STUART DISCHELL was born in Atlantic City, NJ. He is the author of Good Hope Road, a National Poetry Series Selection, Evenings & Avenues, Dig Safe, Backwards Days and the forthcoming Children With Enemies and ... Read more >
NOW LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE with STUART DISCHELL
This class will consider the conscious and unconscious choices writers face regarding the structures and strategies of their poems. We will look closely at the way poems are made and organized and the manners in which their crafting affects the sense they make. The pace will be fast moving, the atmosphere lively, critical, helpful, supportive, and sometimes humorous. Bring 3 of your poems plus a poem you admire that accomplishes something you want to do in your own work, 17 copies of each. Read more >
Aracelis Girmay
ARACELIS GIRMAY is the author of three books of poems: The Black Maria (BOA, 2016), Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007) and Kingdom Animalia (BOA, 2011), the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle ... Read more >
POWERS OF THE STRANGE + PARTICULAR with ARACELIS GIRMAY
In this workshop we will consider the ways that reading or writing a poem might be an act of resuscitation. An awakening of one’s “sight,” mind and questions. We will read the work of writers whose texts are original, strange, wondering, and will consider the powers of such elements (and here I am hearing Paul Celan in “The Meridian” translated by Pierre Joris: “The poem estranges. It estranges by its existence, by the mode of its existence, it stands opposite and against one, voiceful and voiceless simultaneously, as language, as language setting itself free…” Participants: please come ready to read, ... Read more >
Campbell McGrath
CAMPBELL McGRATH is the author of ten books of poetry, including XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century (Ecco Press, 2016), In The Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012), Shannon (Ecco Press, 2009), and Seven Notebooks (Ecco Press, 2007). His third ... Read more >
BUILDING POEMS FROM THE GROUND UP with CAMPBELL MCGRATH
Poetry is often accused of being a flighty and ephemeral art, but even the most impalpable of materials can yield dynamic poems when we ground them in the real world. Language is rooted in the tongue, emotions stab at the heart, memories flash across an ultravivid movie screen in the mind. This workshop will provide a blueprint for building poems from those essential elements using concrete images, well-engineered syntax, and deftly-hewn lines. Bring a poem in process to the first class, with copies for the group; thereafter we will write new poems and workshop them day by day. Over the course ... Read more >
MATTHEW OLZMANN
Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge ... Read more >
STRATEGIES OF ASTONISHMENT with MATTHEW OLZMANN
How does a poem surprise its readers? How does a shift in direction cause a poem to resonate in an evocative manner? How do we move beyond our initial subject matter to produce unexpected revelations? This workshop will look at how these effects are shaped through a series of deliberate craft choices. We’ll focus on how each line creates a set of expectations which following lines will intensify or overthrow. Poets should bring three poems of their own to work on. We’ll also write new poems over the week. The goal—whether revising poems or generating new work—will be to develop ... Read more >
Gregory Pardlo
GREGORY PARDLO’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his ... Read more >
THROW YOUR VOICE: HOW TO CRAFT A PRESENCE ON THE PAGE with GREGORY PARDLO
Voice partakes of a dynamic conversation across history, languages, cultures, and traditions. Yet few notions in poetry today prove as lively, elusive, and contested as voice. Whether we think of voice as a metaphor for identity and personal style, or as the root material of poems, or as a barometer of moral and cultural authority, we rarely consider how these aspects come together in a single poem. There is nothing neutral or transparent about the voice of any poem. What do our voices say about us, and how much license should we claim in shaping them? In this workshop we ... Read more >
Eleanor Wilner
ELEANOR WILNER has published seven books of poems, most recently Tourist in Hell (2010, University of Chicago Press); The Girl with Bees in Her Hair and Reversing the Spell; New & Collected Poems (Copper Canyon). ... Read more >
INVOKING THE MUSE with ELEANOR WILNER
How to get out of the way, invite the imagination, and surprise yourself. Our workshop will be looking for ways to invite a power that won’t be commanded, to improve our poetic luck, change our eyes, go from sight to insight. We’ll do close readings of each other’s poems, taking the poems on their own terms, and asking what strategies and techniques help us see what we didn’t already know. The workshop is for people, like me, addicted to an art of play and discovery whose outcome is ultimately (and luckily) beyond our control. Participants are asked to send one ... Read more >
Special Guest
Sharon Olds
SHARON OLDS is the author of eleven volumes of poetry. Her poetry, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands,” and David Leavitt in the Voice Literary Supplement describes her work as “remarkable for ... Read more >
Poet at Large
Tyehimba Jess
TYEHIMBA JESS is the author of two books of poetry,  Leadbelly and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing ... 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 Nickole Brown. 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! You may submit an application between now and November 10, 2017.       Conferences are ... 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 Nickole Brown. 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! You may submit an application between now and November 10, 2017.       Conferences are ... Read more >
NICKOLE BROWN
NICKOLE BROWN’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems (Red Hen Press, 2007) and Fanny Says, a biography-in-poems of her grandmother to be published by BOA Editions in May 2015. She studied at Oxford University ... 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 Nickole Brown. 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! You may submit an application between now and November 10, 2017.       Conferences are ... Read more >
Additional 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 >
Stephen Gibson
STEPHEN GIBSON is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror (2017 Miller Williams Prize winner, selected by Billy Collins, University of Arkansas Press), The Garden of Earthly Delights Book ... Read more >