The Festival presents events throughout the year.
Plein Air Poetry Contest Winners Announcement!
The 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will kick off January 18-23, 2016, presented in partnership with Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida. We will announce our faculty and featured poets for 2016 mid June. We are hard at work on a new website!
Our audiences experience America’s best poets up-close ... powerful, moving voices ... at the festival in January and throughout the year.
The festival presents events year-round as a part of our Community Outreach Program.
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In January 2015 our faculty included Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, and Robert Wrigley. Six days of reading events, interviews, craft lectures, poetry workshops. Malcolm London and Rachel McKibbens headlined the annual coffee house and performed for local high school audiences. Additional conference faculty Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison taught one-on-one conferences. Our very special guest poet was Dana Gioia, poet, essayist, critic and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009) .
A special event, “Ballet’s Child,” inspired by the poems of Lani Scozzari with choreography by Donna Goffredo Murray was presented on Friday night. See the trailer for this beautiful and moving collaborative performance.
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is presented in partnership with the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and is generously sponsored by Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Windler Group of Atlanta, GA, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, The Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County; the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post, a grant from Visit Florida, WLRN-FM, and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival in 2010 received an Arts Challenge Grant from the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in 2011 was presented with The Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization (with a budget under $500,000) by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.