Coming to Delray Beach 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival January 15-20, 2018
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival returns next week to Old School Square in Delray Beach. Scheduled for January 15-20, the 14th annual Festival will feature about a dozen top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. Special Guest Poet will be Coleman Barks, a major poet and the world’s leading translator of the 13th century poet Rumi, the founder of Sufism.
The nationally acclaimed poets who will lead poetry-writing workshops at the Festival include Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Tim Seibles. Individual conferences will be provided by poets Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Nickole Brown.
In addition, powerful performance poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Aja Monetwill be featured at four local high schools and, on Friday evening, January 19, at the Crest Theatre. On January 20 at 4:30 pm, there will be a Special Tribute to Poet Thomas Lux, a longtime supporter of the Festival who passed away earlier this year.
Another fun aspect of this year’s Festival is the Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, inspired by the LOOKING GLASS exhibition which is on display through February 24 at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum. To enter, writers are encouraged to submit up to 30 lines of original poetry inspired by one of eight designated images featured in the LOOKING GLASS exhibition that delves into ways in which visual artists approach ideas of reflection and perception. For more details, visit http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/news/looking-glass-ekphrastic-poetry-contest/.
The 2018 Palm Beach Poetry Festival is sponsored in part by 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.
Coleman Barks, Special Guest Poet at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2018