The 26th Annual Festival

March 25-27, 2020

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.


Forrest Gander, Layli Long Soldier, Evie Shockley, Meghan O’Rourke, and a Poetry Panel

About the Event

Baylor University's 26th 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

Event Details

All afternoon events at 3:30 in Carroll Science Building, Room 101
  • Afternoon of March 25: Student Literary Contest
  • Afternoon of March 26: Meghan O’Rourke, The Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry
  • Afternoon of March 27: Poetry Panel
All evening events at 6:00 in Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer Academic Center
  • Evening of March 25: Layli Long Soldier poetry reading
  • Evening of March 26: Evie Shockley poetry reading
  • Evening of March 27: Forrest Gander poetry reading


Fall 2019 Visiting Poet

Lisa Russ Spaar
  • Lecture, “The Wiles of Poetic Style,” 3:30 p.m., November 19, Room 101, Carroll Science Hall
  • Poetry Reading, 4 p.m., November 20, Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library