I am thrilled and honored to be accepted to attend the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach as a workshop participant January 15-20. I will be in Sound, Syntax, Stanza, Magic, Nuts and Bolts for six days led by Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi and poetry professor at the University of Mississippi.

This intensive, interactive workshop will combine craft classes with generative prompts, in-class writing, and workshopping. Our goal will be to leave our time together with four new drafts, one of which will be workshopped, and four poems written prior to the festival being brought to the table. When not in class, there will be opportunities to attend a variety of events including poetry readings that are open to the public.

This week I am preparing for the workshop by selecting four poems that I have written and making copies for class participants. Although not required, I have read several books by Beth Ann Fennelly. I am looking forward to meeting our leader and the twelve workshop participants as well as enjoying a mini vacation in historic downtown Delray Beach!