Beall Poetry Festival Logo on Green Background

The 28th Annual Festival

March 30-April 1, 2022

A three-day celebration of some of the finest contemporary poets, with readings, a panel discussion, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry.


Todd Hearon, Vievee Francis, Ilya Kaminsky, Chad Bennett, and a Poetry Panel

How to Participate

All events are free and open to the public. For Baylor students, the evening events qualify for Creative Arts Experience credit.


Wednesday, March 30

3:30 p.m. Student Literary Award Ceremony

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Todd Hearon

Thursday, March 31

3:30 p.m. Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry by Chad Bennett

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Vievee Francis

Friday, April 1

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with all participants

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Ilya Kaminsky

Fall 2022 Visiting Poet

Lisa Russ Spaar will return for her third and final year as visiting poet during the fall 2022 semester.

About the Event

Baylor University's 28th annual Beall Poetry Festival is supported by the John A. and DeLouise McClelland Beall Endowed Fund, established in 1994 by Mrs. Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind., to honor her parents and to encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry.

Contact Us

Baylor University Department of English
One Bear Place #97404
Waco, TX 76798-7404

Phone: (254) 710-1768
Map Location Carroll Science