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


Bards of a Feather Poetry Reading – September 18
The next Bards of a Feather poetry reading will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 12:30 p.m. at Green Cay Wetlands Preserve in Boynton Beach – located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road (on the east side of the street, between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue). Bards of a Feather is one of South Florida’s leading poetry reading groups.

Green Cay Preserve Nature Center
12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boyton Beach, FL 33437

Share poetry "round robin" style in the large indoor community room. Bring 4-5 poems to share with a nature theme (human nature is fine too!). You are welcome to read your own poems, or the poetry of your favorite poets. Feel free to bring friends for the audience! There is no charge for this event. Bring a light wrap or jacket as the room can get cool.

Poetry Workshop on Exquisite Writing – September 21
The award-winning Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be hosting Exquisite Writing, a poetry-writing workshop on Saturday, September 21, at 1 p.m.  The informative workshop will be held at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at 51 N. Swinton Avenue. A $10 fee will be collected at the workshop.

100,000 Poets for Change Global Event – September 28
The third annual 100,000 Poets for Global Change will feature poets reading and performing works that promote social, political, environmental sustainability and change simultaneously across the planet – an event that will be completely inclusive and decentralized. Local attendees are welcome to read their own work or favorite poems by other poets. Participants should limit their poem to one page. Following the poetry reading, special guest acoustic musicians will play songs for peace. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Bottega Wine Bar at the Promenade, 4455 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek.

To RSVP for any of these three poetic events, please contact Dr. Blaise Allen, the Poetry Festival’s Director of Community Outreach, at DrBlaiseAllen@aol.com.



Thursday, January 10, 2013
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens


In this workshop, you will review the basics of classical Japanese haiku, as well as several modern variations. The class will then use the incredible natural resource of Morikami itself to generate new haiku of your own as you stroll the beautiful gardens, and finally, you will have the opportunity to share your work with the group.

YADDYRA PERALTA is a poet and writer. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Jai-alai, Abe's Penny, Tigertail, Hinchas de Poesia, the Miami Poetry Collective's Cent Journal series, and Lies and Truth the poetry supplement to the Tabloid series accompanying Miami Art Museum's New Work Miami exhibition. In 2011, the Miami New Times featured her in their "100 Creatives" list.  She received her MFA in creative writing from Florida International University.

Admission to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is required for entrance to this workshop. Please bring a pad, pen, refreshment, and jacket, or throw, as the room can be quite chilly! Bring a camera and stroll the grounds all day! Many of us stay for lunch at the Cornell Cafe after if you wish to join us, you are more then welcome!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Bards of A Feather, Round Robin Reading at Green Cay Nature Preserve


Monday, January 21, 2013
8:00 am - Annual Spadey Museum Breakfast
5:00 pm - High School Poetry Contest Award Ceremony
Photoshoot: 5:00 pm

Friday, January 25, 2013
10:15 am - Spanish River High School
1:00 pm - Wellington High School


Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sunrise Assisted Living

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Bards of A Feather, Round Robin Reading at Green Cay Nature Preserve
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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Old School Square Crest Theater

If you’re a poet and always write poetry or if you’re a writer, who has never dabbled in poetry before, now is your chance to write, write, write poems! This workshop will offer poets more experience in generating poems. Participants will also gain insights for a chapbook or a collection, currently a work-in-progress, or how to plan and devise one in future. If you’ve never written poetry but would like to attempt it—here’s a great opportunity to dive right in. Poetry writing tool aids fiction and non-fiction writers in a many ways including: the utilization of compression, language, rhythm, setting and tone.

NINA ROMANO earned an M.A. from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She is the author of two poetry collections: Cooking Lessons from Rock Press, and Coffeehouse Meditations, from Kitsune Books. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author of Writing in a Changing World. Her latest poetry collection, She Wouldn’t Sing at My Wedding, is forthcoming from Bridle Path Press. Her short story collection, The Other Side of the Gates, will be published by Kitsune Books early 2013.

POETRY IS A PLACE, Visiting Poets: John Casquarelli and Uche Nduka
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Old School Square Crest Theater

The poet, John High, once wrote that “poetry has always served as a place for expression…a refuge for the mapping of language…looking at language itself as an unfolding of being.” From the ancients to the contemporary masters of poetic expression, the words and lines explore and expose the poem’s inner mechanisms and elusive mystery. In mapping the geography and music of language, we will travel together and make linguistic discoveries of time and meaning.

The focus of our workshop will be on the merging of the external world with the internal journey, and how our understandings or perceptions of time and place influence this union. We will read modern and postmodern poetry by poets from all the Earth’s continents, and discuss what these poets do with words, lines, and stanzas, with a sense of place and time in mind. After the workshop discourse, we will write using many of the writing techniques we discussed. We invite all writers to bring music or musical instruments to the workshop to be played/performed while they read their work for the class, though this is not a requirement. Today’s poetry is often a collaborative process with other art forms, and the use of these other art forms allow for the reinventing of the poetic language.

John Casquarelli is currently an English professor at Boricua College and Long Island University—Brooklyn Campus in New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University. He was the recipient of the 2010 Esther Hyneman Award for Poetry. Casquarelli’s poetry has appeared in By the Overpass, Brooklyn Paramount, The International Rebecca West Society, Downtown Brooklyn, Sun’s Skeleton, Kinship of Rivers, Pulp, and Shamboree. His first collection of poetry, On Equilibrium of Song, is currently available by Overpass Books. John Casquarelli jcas888@yahoo.com

Uche Nduka is a poet, musician, and lecturer. In 1997, he was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry. Nduka was a professor in African Literature at the University of Bremen (1995-2001; 2003-2007). He has nine volumes of poetry which include Chiaroscuro, If Only the Night, Heart’s Field, and Eel on Reef. His current volume, Ijele, is available by Overpass Books. Nduka edited the anthologies Poets in Their Youth and Und Auf den Strassen Eine Pest. His poetry has been translated into German and Dutch.

Here's the two part interview of Uche and John discussing poetry:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnaccCr6Ahc
Part 2:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Sunday, September 9, 2012 -- 1:00 pm
Old School Square Crest Theater

The term "persona" derives from the Greek word meaning mask. In this workshop we will explore what can happen when we consciously separate the speaker of the poem from the poet. We will explore the various ways poets can and do use persona to step into another’s point of view, and the ways assuming a persona can allow us to take that leap of empathy, imagination and insight to say surprising things.

MARY GALVIN holds a Doctor of Arts from the State University of New York At Albany, and has taught Literature, Composition, Creative Writing and Women’s Studies at a variety of colleges and universities in upstate New York and South Florida.  She currently teaches at Palm Beach State College. In addition to teaching English classes, she serves as faculty advisor to the Creative Writers Alliance. Galvin is the author of Queer Poetics, a critical study of early modernist women poets (Greenwood/Praeger, 1999), and has published essays and poems in small publications, a horror novel, a memoir, and many poems which are as yet unpublished.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 1:00 pm - closing
Bottega Wine Bar at The Promenade, 4455 Lyons Road Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

 - Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Old School Square Crest Theater

Everyone has a unique life. Join us to tell your own story, or another’s in poetry. Memoir poems by well-known poets will be offered as examples. Participants will be given writing prompts and techniques and encouraged to share their work during the workshop.

Sarah Brown Weitzman has published in numerous journals including The North American Review, American Writing, Potomac Review, America, and M.I.T. Journal. Her second poetry chapbook, The Forbidden, was published by Pudding House in 2005. She received a National Endowment for the Arts award in 1984. Her fourth book, Herman and the Ice Witch, a children’s novel, was published in 2011 by MSR. A former New Yorker, Sarah Brown Weitzman is retired and lives in Florida. (sbwpoet@aol.com)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 12:30 pm
Bards of A Feather
- open reading
Green Cay Preserve Nature Center
12800 Hagan Ranch Road, Boyton Beach, FL 33437

Visit Green Cay Wetland Preserves to share poetry "round robin" style in the large indoor community room. We ask you to bring 4-5 poems to share with a nature theme (human nature is fine too!). You are welcome to read your own poems, or the poetry of your favorite poets. Feel free to bring friends for the audience! We hope to see you there.

There is no charge for this event.
Please bring a light wrap or jacket as the room can get cool.