The Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s Director Susan R. Williamson and Dr. Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, today invited local poets and poetry fans to three special events in April (National Poetry Month):
April 7 – 12:30 pm (Saturday)
3rd Annual Throw Down the Mic
Multi-University Poetry Reading with FAU and FIU Faculty and Students
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival celebrates and supports MFA programs at FAU & FIU, two of South Florida’s leading universities, as professors and students gather for an afternoon of poetry. There is no cost to attend, but the Crest Theater can be cool, so a light jacket or wrap may be needed.
Old School Square Crest Theatre Auditorium
51 N. Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach
April 11 – 1 pm (Wednesday)
Bards of a Feather
Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading
Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Room is cool, so bring a sweater or rap.
Green Cay Wetlands, Community Room
12800 Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach
April 12 at 7 pm (Thursday)
National Poetry Month Film Series at Lynn University
This 2016 film was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The drama stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and aspiring poet with Golshiftef Farahani as his wife who dreams of being a country western star and opening a cupcake business. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall
3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton
The 15th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 21-26, 2019 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. The Festival will feature top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. Poetry workshops will be offered for which applications are required.
Special Guest Poet next January will be Sharon Olds, with Tyehimba Jess as Poet-At-Large. Poetry workshops will be led by Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Additional faculty members are Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown and Stephen Gibson.
The 2018 Palm Beach Poetry Festival was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Morgan Stanley & The Legacy Group of Atlanta; the Cultural Council of Palm County, the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post; Visit Florida; WLRN; and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller.
For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.