10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival - January 20-25, 2014

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Delray Beach, Florida
January 20-25, 2014

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Linda Gregg's poem, "The Presence In Absence," begins, Poetry is not made of words, something we know well after nine years of festivals, as we anticipate our tenth. There is a kind of poetic magic that occurs when we gather in January to work, to listen, read, and learn from one another in the very special Delray Beach location.  

At the festival, absence will simply mean that you will not be with us, that you didn't apply for a workshop. On the other hand, your presence will mean that you will have the opportunity to be part of a community of poets working together, hearing some of the most celebrated poets in America read and speak about craft, sign their books for you, and enjoy so many other events.

Linda Gregg If you are present, you might be in Linda Gregg's workshop, Craft Of The Invisible, where participants will: consider the invisible as the space between an event, and that event becoming a poem--where participants will work together in the spirit of Joseph Brodsky's statement, "Poetry is the greatest invention of mankind." So we share here the whole poem by Linda Gregg for you to consider:  

The Presence In Absence

Poetry is not made of words.

I can say it's January when

it's August. I can say, "The scent

of wisteria on the second floor

of my grandmother's house

with the door open onto the porch

in Petaluma," while I'm living

an hour's drive from the Mexican

border town of Ojinaga.

It is possible to be with someone

who is gone. Like the silence which

continues here in the desert while

the night train passes through Marfa

louder and louder, like the dogs whining

and barking after the train is gone. 

"The Presence in Absence" is from "In The Middle Distance," by Linda Gregg, and also appears in "All of It Singing, New and Selected Poems."   
n addition to the festival's readings, craft talks, panels and interviews, the week offers a chance for you to nurture such poems. Take a moment to hear Linda Gregg read from her work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mISxSV64GBQ.  Linda Greg's bio is available on our website along with the full workshop description


Each of the workshops will offer an incredible opportunity to work with extraordinary poets: Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forch�, Linda Gregg, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle, and Tim Seibles. Read the workshop descriptions on our website carefully, and choose up to 4 in order of preference on your application.    


Our special guest is U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. Additional featured poets include Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Taylor Mali and Glenis Redmond. Accepted participants may work in a one-on-one conference with either Traci Brimhall, Sally Bliumis-Dunn or Ginger Murchison.  


Remember, to be in a workshop you need to apply before the deadline. That's a very direct way to say don't miss the festival! ... Allow us to enjoy your presence in January ... in Delray Beach, at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

We would love to welcome you at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Apply today! 

with warm regards,


Miles                                     Susan

Miles Coon                    and               Susan R. Williamson

Founder & Director                           Assistant Director
January 20-25, 2014 - Apply Today!

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