The 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will take place January 10-15, 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:

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

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.


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 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem.

  • The winner will receive $200 and a pair of tickets to the virtual Friday night reading event featuring Poet At Large Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the virtual Friday night reading event.
  • All winners receive a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers.
  • All of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the festival website: and included in festival press releases.

ELIGIBILITY: All Palm Beach County High School Students, Grades 9-12 - Public, Private Charter Schools, and Home-School


  1. Poems may be submitted October 15th through December 3, 2021, as follows:
  2. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines maximum, single-spaced, 12-point type.
  3. Your name, address, phone number, email address, name of high school, teacher’s name, and grade level will be entered as you complete the Submittable entry. All entries will be read blind using Submittable. 
  4. By submitting a poem to the contest, the student agrees to be named in press releases and media stories about the contest and the festival.
  5. Your submission is an agreement that if selected as a winner, you will submit a headshot for promotional purposes.
  6. Any Submission containing profanity will be declined.

Submissions that do not adhere to these rules will be refused. Keep a copy of your poem, as the original will not be returned. Winners and runners up will be notified by January 1st, 2022.

Dr. Jeff Morgan, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida

Palm Beach Poetry Festival