CD Wright Award/Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Poetry News Roundup December 27th

Today at My Poetic Side we bring you news articles about the Inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry and the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

Inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry

The inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry which is overseen by the New York Foundation for Contemporary Art has been won by Lisa Robertson, a Canadian experimental poet.

Robertson who was born and grew up in Canada began writing and publishing poetry in the 1990’s, she has a number of poetry books to her name including “An Epic” which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 1998. She has completed several residencies and fellowships during her career at the University of Cambridge, Princeton University, the University of Chicago and Naropa University. Since 2004 Robertson has been residing in France.

The C.D. Wright Award for Poetry, named after the esteemed American poet who passed away at the age of 67 in 2016 is a new prize which it is hoped will be awarded annually.  The prize was established thanks to an endowment of $1 million from Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear, both artists, and will be awarded to a poet who is over the age of 50, and whose work embodies the vibrant lyricism, seriousness and originality that was typical of works by Wright.

14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Scheduled to run from 15-20 January the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry festival will feature reading from three state poet laureates.

Chard DeNiord, the poet laureate for Vermont will be giving a talk titled

“The Making of a Poem”

on Tuesday, 16th January. The talk is aimed at both writers and members of the public and will discuss the though process of what goes into a poem, as well as hopefully creating a greater awareness of what poetry is. DeNiord will also be taking part in the Finale reading of the festival which will take place on the 20th January.

The poet laureate of Mississippi, Beth Ann Fennelly, will be giving a talk on Friday 19th January under the title “A Hummingbird of Words: The Micro-Memoir”. She will also be takin part in the Kick-off reading at the beginning of the festival.

Tim Seibles, the poet laureate of Virginia who will be joining DeNiord for the finale reading will be giving a talk titled “Monkey Mind: From Restless to Revelation.”

The festival will also feature other top poets with readings, talks and interviews planned. The guest poet is going to be Coleman Barks who is the leading translator in the world of the works of Rumi, the poet and leader of Sufism in the 13th century.

All of the readings will take place at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach and advance ticket purchase is recommended.

This year the Palm Beach Poetry Festival is being organised in honour of Thomas Lux, it will be a tribute to his poems and teachings and perhaps most importantly to the effect he had during his lifetime on so many people.

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