DELRAY BEACH, FL – Miles Coon, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (PBPF), announced that the eighth annual fes- tival is returning to Old School Square in Delray Beach for six days, January 16-21, 2012. “Eight of America’s most gifted poets will be in Delray Beach to teach workshops for qualified writers of poetry, once again offering a great learning opportunity to both local poets and those from around the globe,” said Coon. “Two extraordinary performance poets will bring their powerful voices to our late night coffee house on January 21 and to two Palm Beach County high schools. I’m partic- ularly proud to announce that Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will be our special guest poet. He will read his work at the Gala Reading on January 18, following the festival gala.
“In addition to serving the writing community through our professional workshops, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival will once again offer numerous opportunities for the public to hear truly great poetry, written from and for our time, read by poets who engage and enthrall the audience,” added Coon. “They are a diverse group, ethnically, demo- graphically and aesthetically. When people hear them, they will hear America singing.” Tickets are on sale through the festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box Office at Old School Square. General Admission ticket prices per event are $12/adult, $10/sen- ior and $8/student. Special student group rates are available. All events take place in the Crest Theatre and Vintage Gymnasium of Old School Square in Delray Beach. For more informa- tion about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2012 and a complete list of the public events, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.