PB POETRY FESTIVAL Will Celebrate World-Renowned Poets at 6-Day Virtual Festival, January 10-15, 202
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - eMusicWire -- (Delray Beach, FL – November 17, 2021)  With the 18th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival just two months away, Director Susan R. Williamson is promising six days of all-virtual literary workshops, readings, craft talks, one-on-one conferences, poet panel, and more, January 10-15, 2022.

"Our Special Guest Poet and this year's Poet-at-Large reflect a wide range of poetic mastery and cultural insight that's accessible to people who may not yet have discovered the joys and pleasures of poetry. We always say that poems allow us to express the inexpressible and also to speak to what is fundamental in human life in ways that are surprising and often enlightening," says Williamson. "And, the public will have virtual access to our ticketed and free events via Zoom."

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.

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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.

"The role of the festival's Poet-At-Large is to reach out into Palm Beach County High Schools. The festival has a long history of in-person programming with a wide variety of poets visiting in the schools. This year's visits will be virtual and open the evening reading to students across Palm Beach County," adds Williamson.

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