Beall Poetry Festival Logo on Green Background

The 27th Annual Festival

March 24-26, 2021

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

How to Participate

All events are online, free, and open to the public. For Baylor students, the evening events qualify for Creative Arts Experience credit. Please use the following link for all events:


Wednesday, March 24

3:30 p.m. Student Literary Award Ceremony

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Layli Long Soldier

Thursday, March 25

3:30 p.m. Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry by Meghan O'Rourke

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Evie Shockley

Friday, March 26

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

7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Forrest Gander

Fall 2020 Visiting Poet

Lisa Russ Spaar served as the Beall Poetry Festival Visiting Poet, participating in a Q&A on November 18 and reading her poetry on November 19. She will return for her third and final year as visiting poet during the fall 2021 semester.

About the Event

Baylor University's 27th 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
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