2023 Jon Tribble Editors Fellowship Awarded to Kevin Durkin

We’re excited to announce the inauguration of the Jon Tribble Editors Fellowship. This award, sponsored by Jon’s wife, Allison Joseph, and Jon’s family, honors Jon’s lifetime contribution to poetry and the poetry community through his work as an editor. Likewise, we are delighted to say that Kevin Durkin is the recipient of this first Jon Tribble … Read More

Master Poets Critical Seminar: Marianne Moore

For the first time, Poetry by the Sea is excited to be offering a Master Poets Critical Seminar as part of the May 23-26, 2023, Conference. Led by poet David M. Katz, the three-day seminar will zero in on the work of Marianne Moore. Generally regarded as one of the great geniuses of Modernism, Moore … Read More

Audio Recordings from 2022 Conference

As part of our commitment to bringing poetry to a wider audience, we tried to record all the panels and readings from the 2022 conference. Here is the first from that series, the Faculty Reading from Tuesday May 24th, 8:30 p.m. featuring Austin Allen, Melissa Balmain (17:30), Anna M. Evans (32:00), and Annie Finch (46:00). … Read More

2022 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Winner:

The Virgin Learning to Read by Julia Griffin The mother smiles, one finger poised to guideHer daughter’s eyes along a page of wood.      The child’s small hands hold up the book: a good     Pupil.  We cannot see the text inside. How kindly those old sculptors understood: – Behold a girl, her parents’ care and pride,Endowed with a humanity deniedTo … Read More

2022 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Crown Contest Winner:

Gronnets by Julia Griffin My mother’s mother’s father looked like Einstein:So Grandma said, and photos bear it out.Sadly, the likeness stopped there, though no doubtHe had his strengths: finding his prospects fenced inBy dangerous Europe, fearing to be pounced on,He sailed for Liberty, alone, a scoutFor wife and son.  They joined him, in aboutFive years: … Read More

2022 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Results

It is with excitement and joy that we announce the winner of the 2022 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest: Individual Sonnet winner “The Virgin Learning to Read” by Julia Griffin, and Sonnet Crown winner “Gronnets” by Julia Griffin. Julia Griffin was awarded both $500 prizes and was invited to read the pieces in May at Poetry by the Sea 2022. As we announce the winning … Read More

Spring Celebration May 26 Update

Pictured above, the technical rehearsal which went off without a hitch on Monday May 17th. Here’s how to watch the PBTS Spring Celebration on Wednesday, May 26. At 5 pm: visit the PBTS Facebook page, where a link to YouTube will take you to the event. visit the PBTS Facebook event page, where a link … Read More

Poetry by the Sea Spring Celebration, May 26

Please join us for the Poetry by the Sea online Spring Celebration, to be held in place of the canceled 2021 in-person conference. Our aim is to bring our community together in celebration of the life, works, and vision of our Founder and Director, Kim Bridgford. The event will include readings and a panel discussion of … Read More

2021 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Results

It is with excitement and joy that we announce the winners of the 2021 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest: “An Aging Poet Explains” by David Southward and “The Messenger” by Susan Delaney Spear. They each will be awarded a prize of $500 and are invited to read the pieces at our online event in May, the Poetry by the Sea 2021 Celebration and Awards … Read More

2021 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Crown Contest Winner:

The Messenger by Susan Delaney Spear 1.This, she recalls. Mommy piles her Along with friends into the tan Dodge Dart,the ride, smooth on asphalt, and the dustthe car stirs on the lane down to the farm.It is her fifth birthday. Dark purple grapes decorate the trellis. Old Shep’s growlscares her slack-kneed, back among adultscircled up … Read More