Returns to Delray Beach with the
'Rock Stars of Poetry'
January 20-25, 2014
U.S. Poet Natasha Trethewey will Headline
10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival that is
Attracting 130 Different Poets from Around the World
Workshops will be Led by None Award-Winning Poets:
Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forché,
Linda Gregg, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath,
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle & Tim Seibles
Annual 6-Day Event at Delray Beach Center for the Arts
Will Include Nine Workshops & 15 Public Events,
Including Craft Talks, Interview and Panel Discussion
& Coffee House Performance Poets
(Delray Beach, FL – December 20, 2013) Miles Coon, Founder & Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (PBPF), today confirmed that the 10th annual festival is returning next month to the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square for six days, January 20-25. Special Guest Poet at the 10th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be Natasha Trethewey, who was reappointed earlier this year to a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate.
"This will be the largest Palm Beach Poetry Festival in our history, with nearly 130 poets coming to Delray Beach from all over the planet, from the U.S. and Canada, of course, but also from Israel, Peru, Qatar and the United Kingdom,” said Coon. “Dedicated to the memory of poet Kurt Brown, who was a dear friend of the Festival, our upcoming event will include 15 public events, including poetry readings, craft talks, interview and panel discussion, even a couple of Coffee House Performance Poets.”
Due to unprecedented demand, the Festival has added a ninth distinguished poet to the Festival’s truly impressive faculty: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forché, Linda Gregg, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle and Tim Seibles.
Other highlights planned for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2014 include:
+ A Tribute to Kurt Brown will be presented at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 20 at the Crest Theatre. Laure-Anne Bosselaar, his widow, and several friends will share their memories and read several of his poems.
+ United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be interviewed by Chard deNiord on Tuesday, January 21 at 4 p.m., and she will give a poetry reading on Wednesday, January 22 at 8 p.m.
"Ms. Trethewey also serves as Poet Laureate of Mississippi, the very state in which she was born. But because her parents were white (father) and African-American (mother), Mississippi would not recognize her as legitimate. Her story, as it plays out in her poems and in her personal history, is compelling and inspirational,”
+ Coffeehouse performance poets Taylor Mali and Glenis Redmond on Saturday, January 25, starting at 9 p.m., followed by a DJ Dance Party.
"The Craft Talks at 2 p.m. every afternoon (January 21-24) are designed to be of interest to the public as well as to writers of poetry. Learning about what goes into the making of a poem helps us appreciate the art form. In fact, student groups accompanied by a teacher may qualify for discounted tickets,” said Coon. “And the Saturday Panel Discussion will open people’s eyes to how poets writing today are influenced by other poets whose poems they love.”
"The evening readings are the best-attended events of the Festival,” urged Coon. “Listening to great poets reading their work aloud is like having the Beatles perform for you live – and our featured poets are the true rock-stars of poetry!“
For a full schedule of events, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival:
The 10th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 20-25, 2014 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The Festival will once again feature more than a dozen top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks and a lively panel discussion. In addition, participants in the festival’s nine poetry workshops will read at several open mics, free to the public. Tickets are now on sale to the public later this year through the festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box Office at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, located at 51 N. Swinton Avenue or by calling 561.243.7922, ext. 1.
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley, the Windler Group of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta Office; the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has received several prestigious awards in recent years:
+ 2013: A Small Business Grant from VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning.
+ 2011: The Muse Award for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization (budget under $500,000) from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
+ 2010: An Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (http://www.knightfoundation.org/)
+ U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
+ Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2014 Leaflet
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