The 25th Annual Festival

April 3-5, 2019

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.


Mary Szybist, Donald Revell, Juan Felipe Herrera,
Meg Tyler, and a Poetry Panel

About the Event

Baylor University's 25th 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 April 3: Student Literary Contest
  • Afternoon of April 4: Meg Tyler, The Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry
  • Afternoon of April 5: Poetry Panel
All evening events at 7:00 in Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer Academic Center
  • Evening of April 3: Mary Szybist poetry reading
  • Evening of April 4: Donald Revell poetry reading
  • Evening of April 5: Juan Felipe Herrera poetry reading


Fall 2018 Visiting Poet

Lisa Russ Spaar
  • Poetry Reading, 4 p.m., November 28, Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library