40th Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival: Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Quarantined Poets Perform on Video

In our 38-year history, 2020 marked the first year that we did not assemble in fellowship and solidarity to support our winning poets as they shared their verse at the podium. In lieu of our in-person Festival and Reading, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, the 38th annual Parkmont Poetry Festival celebrated our 40 winners by compiling videos of each poet reading their winning verse. This was an extraordinary feat in the midst of a pandemic where teachers, students, Festival staff, and judges were all distanced. Through the combination of technology and youthful spirit, our 2020 Parkmont Poetry Festival Video allows us to celebrate the 40 winners virtually. Thanks to the winning students’ willingness and inventiveness, the video captures not only the poems but also the personalities, charisma, heads and hearts of the poets. 

We hope you’ll give them the virtual viewing that they deserve and reach out to any winners you know to tell them what you thought. You can download a copy of the 2020 Booklet of poems here.

The 2020 Festival Video replaces our introductory documentary normally found here. You can view that film by videographer Elizabeth Dausch, and learn the origins of our Festival, by clicking here

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Parkmont Poetry Festival, click here. Thank you!

Our 39th annual festival was held on Saturday, May 1 as a Zoom webinar. Please enjoy this recording of the event. These wonderful young poets make the screen feel as intimate as the live room, and their poetry is vibrant and thrilling!
2018 Finalist Judge Anne Woodworth was unable to attend the Festival, but sent along her gift to the 40 winning poets: a new composite poem created out of excerpts from all of the winning poems; she called it a “convolute.”
Videographer Elizabeth Dausch created a documentary that serves as an introduction to the Parkmont Poetry Festival. View it to learn the origins of our Festival.