The 23rd Annual Festival

March 15-17, 2017

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.


Catriona O'Reilly, Margaret Mills Harper, Adrian Rice, Micheal O'Siadhail,
and a Poetry panel, moderated by Chloe Honum

About the Event

Baylor University's 23rd 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 evening events at 7:00 in Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer (formerly the Business Building)
  • Evening of March 15: Catriona O'Reilly Poetry Reading
  • Evening of March 16: Adrian Rice poetry reading
  • Evening of March 17: Micheal O'Siadhail poetry reading
Afternoon Events (all at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Afternoon of March 15: Student Literary Contest
  • Afternoon of March 16: Margaret Mills Harper, The Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry
  • Afternoon of March 17: Poetry panel, moderated by Chloe Honum
  • All afternoon events will take place in Carroll Science Building, Room 101

See who won the Beall Poetry Festival Student Literary Contest prizes for 2015 and read their prize-winning works.