DELRAY BEACH, Fla.
- July 9, 2021
-- (Delray Beach, FL – July 6, 2021) Susan R. Williamson
, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival
(PBPF), today announced that the 18th annual festival will be all-virtual for six days of literary workshops, readings, craft talks, one-on-one conferences, poet panel, and more, January 10-15, 2022.
"We went virtual for the first-time last January due to the pandemic, and in 2022 it will be because Old School Square is undergoing extensive renovations,"
says Williamson. "Fortunately for poetry lovers everywhere, we've discovered how to create community with poets in the virtual setting—and there's no travel expense, no lodging cost, just world class, award-winning poets experienced and enjoyed live from the comfort and safety of your own home."
Applications to participate in the 18th
annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival workshops are available online at palmbeachpoetryfestival.submittable.com
. A full schedule and workshop descriptions are also available on the festival's website.The Thomas Lux Memorial Event with
Special Guest Poet 2022: Yusef Komunyakaa
A recipient in 1994 of both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Louisiana-born Yusef Komunyakaa
has a unique style that the Poetry Foundation describes as "vernacular speech layered with syncopated rhythms from jazz traditions."
Most recently named the winner of the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, his published books of poetry include Dedications & Other Darkhorses, Copacetic, Warhorses, Thieves of Paradise, Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker,
and Gilgamesh: A Verse Play
. A member of the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers, Komunyakaa has taught at numerous institutions including the University of New Orleans, Indiana University, and Princeton University, and he serves as Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University's graduate creative writing program.Poet At Large 2022: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
A winner of both a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
is the author of The New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments
. She has four previous poetry collections:
Oceanic, Lucky Fish, At The Drive-in Volcano and Miracle Fruit. In 2021 she became the first-ever poetry editor for SIERRA
magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club. In addition, she is professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi's MFA program.Available for Interview:
Susan Williamsonsrw@palmbeachpoetryfestival.orgMedia Contact: