In addition to the annual festival in January, Palm Beach Poetry Festival partners with other nonprofit organizations and schools to bring poetry into the lives of Palm Beach County residents year-round.

Judge Stephen Gibson will select the winning poems for The Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s “Plein Air Poetry Contest” for original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by the “En Plein Air” Exhibit that were received during the contest call for submissions. Poets were inspired by the exhibit at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach. Visit our Facebook page Plein Air Poetry Album to see the images!


One Day Workshops at Delray Beach Center for the Arts are held at 12:30 pm. Be sure to bring a sweater. The cost is $10 for these workshops.

To RSVP for any of these poetic events, contact Dr. Blaise Allen, the Poetry Festival’s Director of Community Outreach, at DrBlaiseAllen@aol.com, or sign up for our e-blast list.

June 3, 2015
Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Sunrise Assisted Living Facility
June 10, 2015
Bards of a Feather
12:30 pm
Green Cay Wetlands Community Room,
Green Cay Preserve Nature Center
12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

June 15, 2015
PBPF to Launch new Website!

August Hiatus
Sept 26, 2015
5th Annual 100k Poets for Change
4:00 PM
Bottega Wine Bar
Oct 7, 2015
Bards of a Feather
12:30 pm
Green Cay Wetlands Community Room,
Green Cay Preserve Nature Center
12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Oct 17, 2015
Cara Nusinov workshop TBA
12:30 PM
Delray Beach Center for the Arts

Nov 14, 2015
Song Writers workshop:
12:30 pm
Crest Theatre, Delray Beach
Musicians Max Markwell, Bill Hartman, Stephen Minotti, Maggie Baugh, Shawn Mallon, Aymber Daniel, Laura Sue Nightengale, Robert Bidney, Cassidy Diana, Kristen Spencer, Eric Muniz, Rich Guastella
Dec. 5, 2015
Visiting Poet, Chris Schwenberg, CA
Delray Beach Center for the Arts,
January 7, 2016
2016 Morikami Haiku U -

10:30 am

Jan 13, 2016
Bards of a Feather
12:30 pm
Green Cay Wetlands Community Room,
Green Cay Preserve Nature Center
12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437


Thursday, April 30, 2015
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, with introduction by Dr. Jeff Morgan
Lynn University Film Series, Amarnick-Goldstein Theater
7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Join us and celebrate National Poetry Month for a special showing of the film, “Before Night Falls,” whichlooks at the life of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas. Born in the 1930's, Arenas had the great misfortune of being a gay writer in a country that considered art and homosexuality to be counter-revolutionary. "Before Night Falls" is based on his memoir and relates his imprisonment in Cuba and subsequent exodus to the United States. Arenas' work flourished and was published widely outside of Cuba. Director Julian Schnabel bought an artist’s eye and sensibility to the film and successfully portrays Arenas' very personal and heart-rending story. Beautiful cinematography, vibrant colors and people populate the film. You will be transported to 1960's Cuba and feel the heat and pulse of the Mambo music!

Dr. Jeff Morgan was interim chair of the English Department before becoming full time chair. Morgan has served on the Lynn American Studies and Appeals committees and the Rank and Promotion committee; created a poetry coffeehouse on campus; revived the annual literary and arts journal, “Quest;” pioneered the Liberal Arts Student Symposium; edited the college newsletter; coached the Debate Team; organized the Distinguished Author Lecture Series; and brought the inaugural Palm Beach Poetry Festival to Lynn’s campus. He is the author of Sarah Orne Jewett’s Feminine Pastoral Vision: The Country of the Pointed Firs (Mellen). His essays and poems have appeared in numerous publications. Jeff forthcoming book about American comic poetry is anticipated later this year. He visited Cuba in January of 2012.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Classic and Current with SARAH BROWN WEITZMAN
Delray Beach Center for the Arts

From the insult poetry of Catullus to contemporary poets like Billy Collins, humorous poetry has been enjoyed for thousands of years.  A survey of the best of the canon of humorous poetry will be presented.  Participants will receive copies of all the poems and will be encouraged to take part in the discussion of what makes a poem funny and how its effect was achieved.
A Pushcart nominee, Sarah Brown Weitzman has been widely published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including POET & CRITIC, ART TIMES, THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW,  RATTLE, MID-AMERICAN REVIEW, EKPHRASIS, ABRAXAS, THE WINDLESS ORCHARD, POET LORE, POTOMAC REVIEW, POEM, etc.  Sarah received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A departure from poetry, her fourth book, HERMAN AND THE ICE WITCH, is a children’s novel published by Main Street Rag.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Workshop with Visiting Poet, John Casquarelli
12:30 pm
Delray Beach Center for the Arts

     "The last time I saw you a cloud had passed in front of the sun
     & all the sky in the deep space at 12th & 7th on a Sunday
     evening in October an airplane flying low as we walk
     into the oncoming night" -- Lewis Warsh (from "Consecutive Sentences")
In the 1960s, a group of poets that included John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, and Barbara Guest took part in a form of writing known as the New York School. Their work was deeply influenced by both modernism and surrealism. The voice of the poems often utilized a kind of urban colloquialism and touched on topics such as consumerism, specific moments in time, sex, and art/theater/music/film.
A second generation of New York School poets, influenced heavily by their predecessors, came about later in the 60s and included writers such as Anne Waldman, Ted Berrigan, Lewis Warsh, and Ron Padgett. As the scene grew by the mid 60s, a union formed between the New York School and the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. Today, that merging is still seen and felt with every season’s schedule at the Poetry Project.
The New York School poetry workshop will include a discussion, listening to audio of New York School poets, reading, writing a New York School poem, and sharing work.
John Casquarelli is the author of two full-length collections, On Equilibrium of Song (Overpass Books 2011) and Lavender (Authorspress 2014). He is an English Instructor at CUNY Kingsborough. In addition to teaching, John serves as poetry editor for Otter Magazine (http://ottermagazine.com/). He was awarded the 2010 Esther Hyneman Award for Poetry. His publishing credits include work in several journals and anthologies such as Storm Cycle: Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press, Shadow of the Geode, Ginosko Literary Journal,Pyrokinection, New Poetry, Pulp, Brooklyn Paramount, and Mind[less] Muse. In 2015, the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) will include one of his poems in their anthology, Teaching as a Human Experience (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Thursday, April 9, 2015  
DEAD POETS SOCIETY,  with introduction by Paul Barber
Lynn University Film Series, Amarnick-Goldstein Theater
7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April! The Palm Beach Poetry Festial in collaboration with Lynn University invites you to join us for a special showing of the Oscar-winning movie Dead Poets Society (1989, 128 minutes).

In this movie, English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) inspires his students to discover their love of poetry and seize the day. The film co-stars Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Norman Lloyd and Kurtwood Smith. Film introduction by local poet Paul Henry Barber.