Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew Jersey
Type of Festival Literary, Music
Location of Festival Newark, New Jersey USA
Festival Contact Information

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program
163 Madison Avenue
P.O. Box 1239
Morristown, New Jersey 07962-1239 USA
Phone: (01) 973-540-8442, Ext. 5

Festival Description

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a four-day biennial festival that takes place in Newark, New Jersey. The festival is the largest poetry event in North America that has served as a prominent venue gathering renowned poets since 1986. During even-numbered years audiences have been immersed in the literary events featuring an outstanding field of internationally acclaimed poets in discussions, readings, and conversations focusing on poetry. Events are held all day and evening in performance tents accommodating anywhere from 100 to over 2,000 people. Each day of the Festival numerous stages offer different activities simultaneously.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival had been extensively featured in four PBS television series with Bill Moyers. The acclaimed eight-part The Language of Life series was filmed at the 1994 Festival providing a look at the overall activities of the Festival and in-depth conversations with the featured poets. More recently, Fooling With Words offered television audiences a front row seat at the 1998 Festival.

An essential component of each Festival is a series of special programs for high school students and for teachers at all levels, elementary through college. More than 4,500 students and 2,000 teachers from throughout the country participate in conversations and readings designed specifically for them during the first two days of the Festival.

Festival Dates October 11 - 14, 2012
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Articles and Reviews:
  • Newark lures poetry festival in ode to city’s rebirth, by Karen Angel (New York Daily News, April 27, 2010)
  • Poetry Festival Prepares to Spring Back to Life, by Tammy La Gorce (The New York Times, August 14, 2009)
  • Poetry Festival Moves Even the Unpoetic, by Geoff Mulvihill (SFGate, September 29, 2006)


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