One of our most popular events each season is the Poetry and Barbeque, held in April in honor of National Poetry Month. This event combines great poetry, live music, delicious barbeque, and a silent auction and raffle that helps us raise funds to support our programming.

13th Annual Poetry and BBQ

April 13, 2024

at the Richardson Center, IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach

Tickets Now Available!

This year’s event features poets B.H. Fairchild and John Balaban.

B.H. Fairchild was born in Texas, grew up in small towns in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, and worked through high school and college for his father, a lathe machinist. The author of nine books of poetry, Fairchild has received many prestigious awards, including The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize and has also been named as a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent book is An Ordinary Life (2023).

John Balaban is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Words for My Daughter, a National Poetry Series Selection.  Other awards include the William Carlos Williams Award and The George Garrett Prize for Service to Literature. In addition to his poetry, he is the author of prose works in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as translations from Vietnamese, Bulgarian, and Romanian. His most recent book is Passing Through a Gate (2024).

Past BBQs

Past featured poets have included:

Naomi Shihab Nye, Tony Hoagland, Brian Turner, Ken Hart, Shane Seely, Claude Wilkinson, Enid Shomer, Judson Mitcham, Patricia Waters, Rick Campbell, Sylvia Curbelo, Carol Frost, Michael Hettich, Campbell McGrath, Peter Meinke, Lawrence Hetrick, Lynn Knight, and Sean Sexton, and many others.

P.S. Do you have a copy of the Poetry and Barbeque celebratory anthology, Decade: Ten Years of Poetry and Barbeque?