DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is preparing for its 11th season with a special workshop for local poets and would-be autobiographers: Cherishing Our Choices, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, at 1 p.m., at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at 51 North Swinton Avenue. During this workshop, participants will explore their life choices through the lens of poetry, and will then identify and unearth rich material from personal history to generate new poems. Susannah W. Simpson, Ph.D., the Expressive Writing Specialist at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Simpson has taught writing and literature at colleges and communitybased settings since 2000, and her new book, Geography of Love & Exile, will be published next year by Cervena Barva Press. There will be a $10 per person fee collected at the door. For more details about this workshop, please visit http://palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival The 11th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 19-24, 2015 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The Festival will once again feature about a dozen top poets — including Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts – at numerous ticketed public events, such as readings, talks and a lively panel discussion. In addition, workshop participants will read at several late-night open mics, free to the public. Tickets will go on sale to the public later this year through the festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box Office at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, the Windler Group of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta Office; the Cultural Council of Palm Beach 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 http://palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.