The 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will take place January 15-20, 2022 in a totally virtual format. Poetry workshop faculty includes: Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss; Kwame Dawes will present a special talk on Craft. Special Guest Poet is Yusef Komunyakaa and our Poet At Large is Aimee Nezhukumatathil. 

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is dedicated  to fostering the writing, reading, performance, and appreciation of  poetry featuring  America’s finest poets. Festival workshop faculty are renowned for their award-winning work and their excellence as teachers of craft. The  festival offers a world-class, life-enriching series of poetry events for our audiences and participants. 

The festival also offers one-on-one manuscript conferences, which you may reserve with your application. Conference providers include: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. 

Our Community Outreach includes the Annual High School Poetry Contest for students in Palm Beach County High Schools and other events scheduled throughout the year.

Visit our website for upcoming faculty and workshop descriptions: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

Festival Workshop Admission is by application. Individual ticketed and free events are open to the public. For more information and complete guidelines, visit http:www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

This application requires a $25 non-refundable reading fee and a $250 tuition deposit. Deposits may be refunded if an applicant withdraws prior to acceptance, or if the applicant is not accepted into one of the workshops selected in the application. For withdrawal prior to acceptance, a withdrawal fee of $25 applies.

Tuition balances are payable upon acceptance. Acceptances will be emailed shortly after the December deadline. Once you pay in full, the workshop seat is reserved for you. All sales are final. Participant Tuition is $895.00, and Auditor Tuition is $495.00. Cost for the optional One-On-One Conference is $120.00. Tuition balances are due upon acceptance to a workshop.    

  • PARTICIPANTS: Tuition includes 16 hours of virtual workshop instruction and admission to all virtual festival events. Applicants may reserve an optional (one hour) one-on-one conference to be confirmed upon notification of acceptance.
  • AUDITORS: sit in on virtual workshops as observers and receive all handouts under discussion, but do not comment or share their own poems in workshop. Tuition includes admission to all virtual events, and observation of 16 hours of virtual workshop sessions. 

WORKSHOP PREFERENCES: List up to 4 workshops you will attend and pay for upon acceptance. After our reader selects qualified manuscripts, we use blind lotteries to fill the seats. About 90% of participants and auditors are placed in first or second choice workshop, but we cannot guarantee such placement.
INDIVIDUAL ONE-HOUR CONFERENCES: Workshop applicants may reserve a one-on-one conference to focus attention on up to 10 pages of poetry, with Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn,  Angela Narciso Torres, Nickole Brown, or Jessica Jacobs. Conference Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences will be accepted until December 1st on a space-available basis. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!
WITHDRAWAL & CANCELLATION POLICY: Your tuition deposit will be refunded if you withdraw your application prior to acceptance, or if you are not accepted into one of the workshops listed on your application. After you have paid your workshop tuition in full, should you cancel for any reason up until December 28, 2021, we will refund your tuition payment, only if we can, after exercising our best efforts, find a qualified replacement for you who agrees to pay your tuition in full, and subject to a $25 withdrawal fee. Should you cancel after December 28th, no tuition refund will be made. We realize emergencies do happen, and we will do our best to help you should cancellation become necessary.
PAYMENT POLICY: Tuition balance is payable upon acceptance. Accepted applicants will be notified after November 9th. Should tuition balance remain unpaid for forty-eight hours after acceptance, your seat will be awarded to another qualified applicant and your deposit will be forfeited. Once you pay in full, the workshop seat is reserved for you. All sales are final.

INDIVIDUAL ONE-HOUR CONFERENCES are open to the public this festival year. 

Individuals may reserve a one-on-one conference (1 hour) to focus attention on up to 10 pages of poetry with our CONFERENCE FACULTY POETS Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn,  Angela Narciso Torres, Nickole Brown, or Jessica Jacobs

Conference Appointments will be confirmed by email on a first-come-first served basis. Requests for conferences will be accepted until December 10th on a space-available basis. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 15th. This application requires a $25 non-refundable reading fee and a $120 conference fee, payable upon confirmation. 

Conferences do not include participation in a festival workshop or attendance at festival events.

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY: 

Conferees reserve this hour's conference and will receive an email confirmation with the date and time to be confirmed by the faculty for a Zoom Conference. Manuscripts (10 pages only) will be submitted by the deadline without fail. Should the applicant fail to send a manuscript by the deadline, tuition will be forfeited.

Application fees are non-refundable. Conferences on Zoom are for 1 hour only.

The Thomas Lux Scholarship application is available to poets who have not previously attended a festival workshop and who wish to attend one of the workshops at the 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2021. A Thomas Lux Scholarship Award will be made by mid-December 2021 and notification will be made by email.

The Thomas Lux Scholarship covers Full Participant Tuition and Admission to all Festival Events. The approximate value of the fellowship is $895.00.

Any applicant who has not previously attended a festival workshop will be considered for this fellowship. To apply, please submit a writing sample and cover letter of introduction including a brief informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually in January 10-15, 2022, if selected.

We are grateful for the support of the generous donors who have made this opportunity possible to honor the life, work, and poetry of Thomas Lux.

This fellowship application is available to poets who identify as African American and wish to apply to attend the 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2021. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid-December 2021, and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee, Full Participant Tuition and Admission to all Festival EventsThe approximate value of the fellowship is $895. To apply, please submit a writing sample and cover letter of introduction, including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend January 10-15, 2022 virtually, if selected. Please only apply for one fellowship. We do not accept multiple applications.

We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.

This application is available to CantoMundo Fellows who wish to apply to attend the 18th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival through November 15, 2021. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid December 2021 and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee, Full Participant Tuition and Admission to All Festival Events. The approximate value of the scholarship is $895.00.

The application requires a writing sample and cover letter including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually January 10-15, 2022, if selected. We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.

 

This application is available to Kundiman Fellows and any poet who identifies as Asian American, who wish to apply to attend the 18th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival through November 15, 2021. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid-December and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee and Full Participant Tuition. The approximate value of the fellowship  is $895. The fellowship is available to past and current Kundiman fellows, and any poet who identifies as Asian American.

The application requires a writing sample and cover letter including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually in January 10-15, 2022, if selected. We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.
 

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