Between now and December 3, any Palm Beach County public or private high school student can submit one original poem (30 lines maximum) for consideration. The winning poet will receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the ninth annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, which will be held next January 21-26 at Old School Square in Delray Beach.
The four runner-up high school poets will each receive $25 and a pair of tickets to the Coffeehouse Performance Event on January 26. In addition, all of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the Festival’s website (www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org)
The judge for the annual High School Poetry Contest will once again be Dr. Jeff Morgan of Lynn University’s Department of English.
Original poems should be submitted by email before December 3 to: PBPF1@aol.com. For contest rules, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
In addition, The Palm Beach Poetry Festival Annual High School Performance Poetry Project will feature award-winning poets, Marty McConnell and Rives. The events will take place on Friday, January 25 at 10:15 a.m. at Spanish River High Auditorium, and 1 p.m. at Wellington High Auditorium. There will be no charge for these events. All High School Students are welcome to attend either performance but must obtain permissions and own transportation. To reserve seats for students, please contact drblaiseallen@
About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2013:
“Eight of America’s most gifted poets, including the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, will be in Delray Beach to teach workshops for qualified writers of poetry, once again offering a great learning opportunity to both local poets and those from around the globe,” says Coon. “Two extraordinary performance poets will bring their powerful voices to our late night coffee house on January 26, and I’m particularly proud that former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, our special guest poet, will be interviewed by Ginger Murchison, Editor of the Cortland Review, on the afternoon of January 22, and will deliver the Festival Gala Reading on January 23, immediately following the Poetry Festival’s annual gala.
“In addition to serving the writing community through our professional workshops, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival will once again offer numerous opportunities for the public to hear truly great poetry, written from and for our time, read by poets who engage and enthrall the audience,” adds Coon. “They are a diverse group, ethnically, demographically and aesthetically. When people hear them, they will hear America singing.”
Tickets will go on sale to the public later this year through the festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box Office at Old School Square. General Admission ticket prices per event are $12/adult, $10/senior and $8/student. Special student group rates are available.
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, the Windler Group of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney’s Atlanta Office; the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County , the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post; WPBI-FM Classical South Florida; and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller. All events take place in the Crest Theatre and Vintage Gymnasium of Old School Square in Delray Beach.
Earlier this year, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival received the prestigious Muse Award for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization (budget under $500,000) from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. In 2010, the Festival received an Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2012, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:
Dr. Blaise Allen