PB POETRY FESTIVAL Names New Leadership Team for 11th Annual Festival in Delray Beach

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Names Susan R. Williamson as Director &
Lorraine Stanchich-Brown as Assistant Director
for 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in
Delray Beach  /  January 19-24, 2015

(Delray Beach, FL – June 5, 2014)  Miles Coon, Founder of the award-winning Palm Beach Poetry Festival, today announced the following changes to the nonprofit organization’s leadership team:
+ Susan R. Williamson has been promoted to Festival Director starting on July 1. She has served as Assistant Director since 2007.

+ Lorraine Stanchich-Brown has joined the Festival as Assistant Director.

"My focus going forward as President and Chairman will be to build upon our 10-year successful track record by improving the sustainability of our organization,” said Mr. Coon. “Susan has been a key member of our staff for the last seven years and has contributed to our administrative structure, our advertising and marketing, participant enrollment and relationships, event planning – and almost every aspect of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.”

"While Lorraine brings great experience and knowledge to her new role, where she’ll be working with current staff members Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, and Social Media Consultant Yaddyra Peralta,” he added. “Together, they will make the 2015 Festival our best one ever, and they’ll continue to expand our popular outreach events that bring poetry to our community in partnership with other non-profit organizations. What a great team!”

About Susan R. Williamson:
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Susan Williamson now makes her home in Boca Raton, Florida. She has worked in university administration, arts management, event planning, author and book promotion, and in public relations and promotion in New York. In Charlottesville, she was staff administrator at the University of Virginia Office of State Governmental Relations. She served as editor in chief of Streetlight, and associate publisher at Tupelo Press, on the board of the Charlottesville Writing Center, and the Publisher’s Day Committee of the Virginia Festival of the Book. An award-winning poet, her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly, Connotations Press's Hoppenthaler Congeries, Crab Orchard Review, Paterson Literary Review, Smartish Pace, StorySouth, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Poetry Daily, among others. Most recently she received the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation 25th Anniversary Chapbook Prize, which resulted in the publication of her chapbook collection, Burning After Dark. Williamson holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry from New England College and a BA in French Language & Literature from the University of Virginia.

"I could not be more pleased to continue to work with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in this new role,” said Ms. Williamson.  “We have another extraordinary lineup of poets who will be featured at the 11th Annual festival. The Festival week is a rare and exciting opportunity for poets and our audiences and brings together the best of America’s poets in a very special atmosphere each January.”

About Lorraine Stanchich-Brown:
Lorraine Stanchich-Brown teaches in the Humanities at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Her first book of poetry, Witness, was released in 2003 from Epic Press. Her work has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Paterson Literary Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, and others. She holds an MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA from William Paterson University and has broad experience teaching English writing and poetry in colleges and universities. She has recently completed her second book of poetry, and is beginning a memoir. A longtime volunteer at the Festival, Ms. Stanchich-Brown has helped to manage the visits of special guest poets in addition to supporting faculty and participants in workshops. A native of New Jersey, she now lives with her husband and two children in Cooper City, Florida.

"I'm honored to bring my passion for poetry to such an important cultural event in South Florida,” said Ms. Stanchich-Brown.

About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2015:
The 11th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 19-24, 2015 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, with Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009), serving as Special Guest Poet.

The Festival will once again feature about a dozen top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks and a lively panel discussion.  In addition, workshop participants will read at several late-night open mics, free to the public. Tickets will go 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.

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 Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post; Visit Florida; WLRN;and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller.

For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, please visit palmbeachpoetryfestival.org (http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.com).

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