The 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival takes place January 16-21, 2017 in Delray Beach Florida. Poetry workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Carl Phillips, Martha Rhodes, and Special Guest Charles Simic, and performance poets are The Mayhem Poets. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison.

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.

Admission to workshops is limited to 12 qualified participants and three auditors to provide a meaningful level of discussion, and careful, informed attention to your work. Beginning poets, or those shy about sharing their poems, may consider auditing to learn by observing and listening.

Regular Applications are now closed. You may apply to be waitlisted if seats become available due to cancellation until January 10, 2017. Specific waitlist guidelines apply. 

Complete Application Guidelines are available at our website:

You may apply to be waitlisted for any of the workshops listed in the selections. No fee is required for the waitlist. If you are accepted into a workshop, the full application fee and tuition is due and payable upon notification and acceptance by the applicant.

We normally require a $25 non-refundable reading fee and a deposit. Tuition balances are payable upon acceptance. 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 $99.00.
  • PARTICIPANTS: Tuition includes 16 hours of workshop instruction, admission to all festival events, and the gala. Applicants may reserve an optional (one hour) one-on-one conference to be confirmed upon notification of acceptance. Participants may invite one gala guest for $150.
  • AUDITORS: sit in on 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 events, except the Gala and all workshop sessions. The cost for auditors to purchase up to 2 seats at the Gala is $150 each.

List up to 4 workshops you will attend and pay for upon acceptance. After our reader selects qualified manuscripts, your requests will be matched with any seat open due to cancellation. We cannot guarantee placement from the waitlist.

INDIVIDUAL ONE-HOUR CONFERENCES: Workshop applicants may reserve a one-on-one conference to focus attention on up to 10 pages of poetry, with Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, or Ginger Murchison. Conference Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences will be accepted on a space-available basis. The cost is $99, payable upon confirmation.

After you have paid your workshop tuition in full, should you cancel for any reason up until December 28, 2016, 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. Should tuition a 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.