The 24th Annual Festival

March 21-23, 2018

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.


Kwame Dawes, Dana Gioia, Mark Jarman, Lisa Russ Spaar,
and a Poetry Panel

About the Event

Baylor University's 24th 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 21: Student Literary Contest
  • Afternoon of March 22: Lisa Russ Spaar, The Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry: "Unshaming the Lyric Poem"
  • Afternoon of March 23: Poetry Panel, moderated by Chloe Honum
All evening events at 7:00 in Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer Academic Center
  • Evening of March 21: Kwame Dawes poetry reading
  • Evening of March 22: Mark Jarman poetry reading
  • Evening of March 23: Dana Gioia poetry reading

See who won the Beall Poetry Festival Student Literary Contest prizes for 2017 and read their prize-winning works.