The 16th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was held from January 20, 2020, to January 25, 2020, at the Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach, Florida. The festival featured workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and social events for poets. The faculty included poets Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Reginald Gibbons, Jessica Jacobs, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. The special poetry guests were Joy Harjo and Patricia Smith. The cost of tuition was $950 for workshop participants and $550 for auditors. One-on-one manuscript consultations with Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, or Angela Narciso Torres were available for an additional $99. Using only the online application system, writers submitted three poems of up to six pages with a $25 application fee by November 10. Lodging was available at area hotels for discounted rates, starting at $159 per night. Visit the website for more information.
Palm Beach Poetry Festival, 3199 B-3 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. (561) 868-2063. Susan R. Williamson, Director.