Established 2014
Director: Dr. Kim Bridgford
Non-profit since Dec. 2015


Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, will take place from 12 p.m. Tuesday May 22 to 3 p.m. Friday May 25th 2018 at The Mercy by the Sea Center, Madison, Connecticut.

Poetry by the Sea Schedule 2018

The 2018 keynote speaker is Rita Dove.

Poetry by the Sea Schedule 2017

The 2017 keynote speaker was Kevin Young.

Three-Day Workshops: Mahogany Browne, Dick Davis, Anna M. Evans, Steven Schneider, and Timothy Steele

Two-Day Workshops: Tom Cable, Annie Finch, Natalie Gerber, Clare Rossini, and Afaa Michael Weaver

One-Day Workshops: Rafael Campo, Allison Joseph, Molly Peacock, Penelope Pelizzon, and Marilyn Taylor

Spotlight Readers: Alice Friman, Dolores Hayden, Tyehimba Jess, and John Poch

Featured Poets: Meena Alexander, Second Poetry by the Sea Lecturer; Jehanne Dubrow, Poet in Residence

2017 full conference schedule

Please note: schedule is subject to change.

Poetry by the Sea Schedule 2016

The 2016 keynote speaker was Kimiko Hahn.

The farewell show featured Quentin Talley's production of Russell Going's epic poem The Children of Children Keep Coming.

Visit our archive to check out descriptions of the 2016 workshops and seminars, and meet our world-class faculty. In addition, we had a reading under the stars for Kate Light, the Poetry by the Sea lecture by Ange Mlinko, a tribute to June Jordan at 80, and panels & readings with speakers such as Todd Boss, Marilyn Nelson, Richard Blanco, January Gill O'Neill, Julie Kane, Greg Pardlo, Micheal O'Siadhail, Quincy R. Lehr and many more.

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