What the Jon Tribble Fellowship Means to Me

by Dustin Brookshire As I reflected on why community is important to me, I was transported back to childhood and adolescence. Growing up Southern Baptist in a small, north Georgia town as a closeted member of the LGBTQIA+ community was not a welcoming experience.  I had to present a facade to survive and blend in.  … Read More

Audio Recording of Keynote from 2023 Conference

As we enter the countdown to Poetry by the Sea Conference 2024, we wanted to share the magnificent Keynote Reading from Marilyn Chin at the 2023 Conference, reading from her latest book, Sage. This is part of our commitment to make poetry available to a wider audience. You can access the reading here.

Results of the Poetry by the Sea Book Award

IWe are delighted to announce the results of the Poetry by the Sea Book Award: At the Lepidopterist’s House by Chelsea Woodard, selected by judge Jane Satterfield. Chelsea will be awarded a prize of $500 and is invited to read from At the Lepidopterist’s House in May at Poetry by the Sea 2024. As we … Read More

Our 2024 Spotlight Readers Talk About Their Work

The Conference is fortunate this year to have two much admired and celebrated poets as Spotlight Readers—Teri Ellen Cross Davis and January Gill O’Neil. Check out their bios here.  The poets will read for us from their work. Here’s a glimpse into what they had to say about poetry and their process in recent interviews. TERI … Read More

Two-Day Workshops—The Goldilocks Solution

Thinking of joining us at the 2024 Poetry by the Sea Conference, May 21-24—but undecided about a time commitment? A two-day workshop might be the solution for you. Spend two intensive days of poetry engagement with either of these new workshops.  Available on Wednesday and Thursday? Sign up for David Groff’s WRITING THE “AFTER” POEM: TAKING INSPIRATION … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Crown Contest Winner

Roughly True by Barbara Lydecker Crane             Suzanne Valadon, 1865-1938, Paris What, you haven’t heard of me, despitemy art and stormy life? There’s much to tellof pride and bitterness, of bliss and hell—but not regret. I’ll fill my pen and write. I was born a bastard. Maman worked,a laundress, while I’d roam Montmartre, spying through café and whorehouse … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Winner

Calling Hours at the Funeral Home by Jean L. Kreiling He wants to be here—it’s for his Aunt Lou,who baked him cookies, sent him cards and money,applauded his good news from first grade throughthe senior partnership, and called him honeyto her last day.  But this grim atmospherecould not be further from Aunt Lou: his nosedetects old carpet, … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Results

It is with great excitement that we announce the winning poems in the 2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest: Individual Sonnet winner “Calling Hours at the Funeral Home”by Jean L. Kreiling, and Sonnet Crown winner “Roughly True” by Barbara Lydecker Crane. They each will be awarded a prize of $500 and are invited to read the pieces in May at Poetry … Read More

Katz Leads Bishop Seminar at Poetry by the Sea

Guest Blog Entry by David M. Katz I’m thrilled to announce that I will again be leading The Master Poets Critical Seminar at the Poetry by the Sea Conference, which will be held on May 21 through May 24 in Madison, Conn. The 2023 seminar focused on Marianne Moore; quite logically, this year’s will zero … Read More

Audio Recordings from 2023 Conference

As part of our commitment to bringing poetry to a wider audience, we tried to record many panels and readings from the 2023 conference. Here are the Spotlight Readings from Thursday May 25th, 10:30 a.m. You can access the audio file of Mahogany L. Browne (with Max Michael Jacob) here, and the one of Adam … Read More