Palm Beach Poetry Festival taps new leadership

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Miles Coon, Founder of the award winning Palm Beach Poetry Festival, announced the following changes to the nonprofit organization’s leadership team: • Susan R. Williamson has been promoted to Festival Director starting on July 1. She has served as Assistant Director since 2007. • Lorraine Stanchich-Brown has joined the Festival as Assistant Director. “My focus going forward as President and Chairman will be to build upon our 10- year successful track record by improving the sustainability of our organization,” said Mr. Coon. “Susan has been a key member of our staff for the last seven years and has contributed to our administrative structure, our advertising and marketing, participant enrollment and relationships, event planning – and almost every aspect of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.” “While Lorraine brings great experience and knowledge to her new role, where she’ll be working with current staff members Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, and Social Media Consultant Yaddyra Peralta,” he added. “Together, they will make the 2015 Festival our best one ever, and they’ll continue to expand our popular outreach events that bring poetry to our community in partnership with other nonprofit organizations. What a great team!” “I could not be more pleased to continue to work with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in this new role,” said Ms. Williamson. “We have another extraordinary lineup of poets who will be featured at the 11th Annual festival. The Festival week is a rare and exciting opportunity for poets and our audiences and brings together the best of America’s poets in a very special atmosphere each January.” “I’m honored to bring my passion for poetry to such an important cultural event in South Florida,” said Ms. Stanchich-Brown. The 11th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 19-24, 2015 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, with Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009), serving as Special Guest Poet. For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.