2022 Poet-At-Large Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is no stranger to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She taught workshops here in 2014 and 2018, and next year she returns as the 18thAnnual Festival’s Poet-at-Large. Ideally, the Poet-at-Large visits several schools to share and discuss poetry with hundreds of young people. Since we’ll be virtual again in 2022, Aimee will deliver a remote poetry reading live-streamed into the classrooms of Palm Beach County Schools. On the evening of Saturday , January 15th, she also will present A Reading to Remember to festival participants and the public via Zoom Webinar. Serving as Poet-at-Large places Aimee Nezhukumatathil in the company of other esteemed poets who filled this role: Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Smith, and Brian Turner.

Aimee is an ideal person to interact with young people. With her new book, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments, she hopes to inspire readers with awe for the natural world. In an interview with Morning Edition’s Rachel Martin, she says, “I think so much terror, so much hate and fear towards each other and towards other cultures has been from a lack of wonder and imagination.” Aimee tells many stories that support her idea. A mother, a teacher, a woman of color and a brilliant writer, Nezhukumatathil is certain to connect with audiences through her exquisitely crafted words on the topics of cultural nuance and nature’s beauty.

Stay tuned for more information on Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poet-at-Large, 18thAnnual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. We look forward to filling you with wonder and imagination.