PB POETRY FESTIVAL Invites the Public to Four FREE Events During NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (April)

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - March 26, 2016 - PRLog -- PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL Invites the Public to Four Free Events During National Poetry Month

(Delray Beach, FL - March 22, 2016)  Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Dr. Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, today invited local poets and poetry fans to four free events during National Poetry Month:

April 13 - 12:30 pm  (Wednesday)

Bards of a Feather

Round Robin Poetry Reading

Green Cay Nature Preserve, Community Room

12800 Hagen Ranch Rod in Boynton Beach


Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group.

April 14 at 7 pm  (Thursday)

National Poetry Month Film Series at Lynn University

The Beat Generation: An American Dream

Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall


Using original film clips and interviews, this film illustrates the 1950s social movement termed the Beat Generation. Disillusioned with post-World War II America, Beat Generation writers and painters came together because they felt mainstream America was becoming out of touch with humanity and the individual. In their interviews, characters such as 'Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, and Gregory Corso express their disdain for a society that defines success and happiness in terms of superior technology, cars, and clothing.

April 16 - 12:30 pm  (Saturday)

National Poetry Month Collaborative MFA

Faculty/Student Poetry Reading & Performance

With Florida Atlantic University & Florida International University

Old School Square, Crest Theatre

51 N. Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach


In support of local universities that offer MFA degrees in poetry and creative writing, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting this special reading of student poets and their esteemed faculty members.

April 28 at 7 pm  (Thursday)

National Poetry Month Film Series at Lynn University


With Professor Bonnie Bonincontri

Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall


James Franco gives a career-defining performance as the young Allen Ginsberg-poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation-in Howl, the audacious film from Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Franco as Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career: Howl. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher found themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

WILD Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Also as part of National Poetry Month, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival is sponsoring the 2016 WILD Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. To enter, local writers are encouraged to submit up to 30 lines of original poetry inspired by 10 designated paintings by the artists of Plein Air Palm Beach that are featured in the WILD exhibit now running at the Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square in Delray Beach.

Poems should be submitted to https://palmbeachpoetryfestival.submittable.com/submit/51801 no later than April 17, 2016. Guidelines may be found at www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/news/wild-contest/. The winning poet will receive a $100 prize, and $25 will be given to each of the three runners-up. Their submitted poems - along with another five "honorable mentions" - will be published on the Poetry Festival's website at www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival:

The 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 16-21 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. The Festival features top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. Nine workshops will be offered for which applications are required. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Legacy Group of Atlanta; the Cultural Council of Palm 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 www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

Available for Interview:

Blaise Allen, Ph.D., Director of Community Outreach

Palm Beach Poetry Festival


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