Poetry by the Sea

a global conference & community

The Poetry by the Sea Conference was begun in 2015 in the spirit of beginning afresh. The choice of meeting ground--Mercy by the Sea, a beautiful retreat center with its own private beach--signifies our connections as a community where you will find diversity and inclusiveness. Although the 2020 conference has been canceled due to Covid-19, we expect to meet again from Tuesday May 25 to Friday May 28 2021.

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Welcome!

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference has been created in the spirit of beginning afresh. The conference will literally take place by the sea, in an awe-inspiring landscape, and at Mercy by the Sea, a beautiful retreat center. This choice of meeting ground signifies how all of us are connected to each other and inspired by one another, whatever our poetic starting point, as we meet in a place of mercy and artistic grace in our shared goal of excellence.

You will find workshops, seminars, and panels in areas such as craft, subject/topic, and global issues.

You will find a tiptoe joy in the way that artificial poetic barriers can fall away as we engage in the passions and interests that define us all.

You will find a private beach, shared community meals and catered receptions (whether you are lodging on-campus or off-campus), and celebrations of artistic achievement.

Can’t wait for the conference? Get involved in our community today!

How to get involved in the PBTS Community

1. Subscribe to our newsletter

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2. Read our blog, listen to our podcast, and consider becoming a contributor

We love sharing great poetry from all over the world – and we’d love to share yours too. We’re also open to guest blog posts and podcast interviews.

3. Follow and tag us on social media

We’re a global community and social media is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch! Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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