October 10, 2012
Dodge Festival Poets
Poets returning to the Festival include former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine (2011-12) and the newly
appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (2012- ), Pulitzer Prize-winner C. K. Williams, poetmusician Kurtis Lamkin, National Book Award winners Terrance Hayes and Thomas Lux, and T.S. Eliot Prize-winner Jane Hirshfield.
Among the poets making their Dodge Poetry Festival debuts this year are:
Pulitzer Prize finalist Henri Cole, Chilean National Literature Prize winner Raul Zurita, Ireland’s leading
woman poet Eavan Boland, California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, National Book Award winner
Nikky Finney, Fanny Howe, and Gregory Orr.
Returning to the Festival for the second consecutive year are Newark resident and founder of the Black Arts Movement Amiri Baraka and National Book Award finalist Dorianne Laux.
The Festival will also present a world premiere performance of selections from four-time National Grand Slam Champion Patricia Smith’s book-length sequence Blood Dazzler, about Hurricane Katrina, set to Wynton Marsalis’ “At the Octoroon Balls” string quartet and performed by members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
A highlight of the Festival will be a “Poetry Sampler” taking place on Thursday evening, October 11,
offering audiences the opportunity to hear 25 acclaimed poets including Natasha Trethewey, Nikky
Finney, Terrance Hayes, and others, giving short, back-to-back readings over two-and-a-half hours, an
event unparalleled at any other poetry gathering.
In addition to readings and performances, all Festival poets will participate in discussions and other
multi-poet events. Of particular note are several sessions entitled “Reading and Conversation,” in which
groups of poets will read their work and engage in a question and answer period with the audience.
Other discussion topics include “Poetry and Pride,” which explores the impact of gay poets on
contemporary poetry; “A Life Together,” featuring two pairs of married poets; and “Lost and Found in
Translation,” with two Latin American poets and their translators discussing the challenge of preserving
the original intent and feeling when a poem is translated into a different language.
2012 Dodge Festival Poet Biographies
The following is a partial list of poets who will be appearing at the 2012 Dodge Poetry Festival. More
information and a list of the poets participating in the Festival will be posted on the Festival web site,
www.dodgepoetry.org, as poets are confirmed and announced.
TAALAM ACEY, born in Newark, NJ has recorded more than sixteen CDs and authored four books,
including Excellent Exposure and Troubled Soul Refiner and was the curator of the 2011 Sacred Circle
Cafe at the NJ Performing Arts Center. He has performed and spoken at schools and venues throughout
the world including the Essence Music Festival and his work has been featured in several films. This is
his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
CYNTHIA ARRIER-KING works as an associate professor of creative writing at the Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey. She is the author of two collections of poetry, People are Tiny in Paintings of
China (2010) and Manifest (2013). Her first book appeared on The Believer’s Reader’s Choice Poetry List
in 2011. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
AMIRI BARAKA is a poet-activist whose method in poetry, drama, fiction, and essays has been
confrontational, calculated to shock and awaken audiences to the political concerns of black Americans.
Baraka has received honors from a number of prestigious foundations, including: fellowships from the
Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Langston Hughes Award from
the City College of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, an induction into the
American Academy of Arts and Letters.
RAS BARAKA is a Newark, NJ native and the son of revered poet-activists Amina and Amiri Baraka
whose family has lived in Newark for over 70 years. He released his debut spoken word CD entitled
Shorty for Mayor in 1998. His single Hot Beverage in Winter featured Grammy Award winning artist
Lauryn Hill. He has appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry on HBO. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival
BRIAN BARKER is the author of two collections of poetry, The Animal Gospels (2006), which won the
Tupelo Press Editor’s Prize, and The Black Ocean (2011), which won the Crab Orchard Open Competition
in 2011. Barker is the recipient of various awards and honors, including two Pushcart nominations, an
Academy of American Poets prize, and the 2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. This is his Dodge Poetry
NICKY BEER is the author of the poetry collection The Diminishing House (2010), and recipient of
numerous fellowships and awards, including a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Award, the
Louis Untermeyer Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a fellowship from the
National Endowment for the Arts. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
DAN BELLM is a poet and translator living in Berkeley, California. He has published three books of
poetry, most recently Practice, winner of a 2009 California Book Award and named one of the Top Ten
Poetry Books of 2008 by the Virginia Quarterly Review. His first book, One Hand on the Wheel, launched
the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press; his second, Buried Treasure, won the Poetry Society
of America’s Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. This
is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
RICHARD BLANCO’s acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American, and received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press (1998). His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead
(University of Arizona Press, 2005) won the 2006 PEN / American Beyond Margins Award for its
continued exploration of the universal themes of home and place.
EAVAN BOLAND is widely considered to be Ireland’s greatest living woman poet. Her books of poetry
include New Collected Poems (2008), Domestic Violence (2007), Against Love Poetry (2001), The Lost
Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994),
Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990), The Journey and Other Poems (1986), Night Feed
(1982), and In Her Own Image (1980). She is making her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
HENRI COLE has published eight collections of poetry, including Middle Earth (2004) which was a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts
Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lenore Marshall Award. His
most recent collection is Touch (2011). He is making his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
EDUARDO C. CORRAL first book of poems, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011
winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He is the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers'
Award. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, Huizache, Indiana
Review, The Journal, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Post Road,
Quarterly West, Salt Hill and Witness. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
EMARI DiGIORGIO is Associate Professor of Writing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a NJ State Poet-in-the-Schools. Recent poems have appeared in Calyx, DIAGRAM, and Poetry
International. Her poetry manuscript Bullets in Honey has been a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in
Poetry First Book Award and Open Series Competition, the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the
Perugia Press Prize for a first/second book of poetry by a woman. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival
DJ IRS has become known in the hip hop world as “The Poets DJ.” DJ-ing for open mic events he has
become house DJ for such showcases as Hip Hop Meets Poetry, Cypha Saturdays, Culture Shock, and the
New Jersey Youth S.L.A.M. In his performances he fuses the visual arts with spoken word and music.
This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
SHARON DOLIN is the author of five books of poetry including Whirlwind and Burn and Dodge, winner of
the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her other books include Realm of the Possible, Serious Pink, and
Heart Work, as well as five chapbooks. She teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y
and directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City
where she lives. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
NIKKY FINNEY has written four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011), which was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry; The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). She also wrote a collection of short stories, Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
EMILY FRAGO's acclaimed first book of poems, Little Savage, was published in 2004. Her newest
collection, Hostage: New & Selected Poems, was considered for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review,
The Paris Review, The Boston Review, Ploughshares, Parnassus, and numerous other journals. Emily
teaches at Columbia, NYU, and Yale. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
TERRANCE HAYES is the author of Lighthead (2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry;
Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for
the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery
Award. He appeared at the Festival in 2006.
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA was appointed Poet Laureate of California by Gov. Jerry Brown last month. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems
(2008), a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award; 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border:
Undocuments 1971-2007 (2007); and Crashboomlove (1999), a novel in verse, which received the
Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: Calling The Doves (2001); Upside Down Boy
(2006); and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box (2005), which tells the tragedy of 9/11
through the eyes of a young Puerto Rican girl. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
LAMAR ANTHONY HILL is a native of Newark, NJ. In 1999 he left a successful career in sales and made the decision to begin performing spoken word poetry for a living. He has produced more than a half
dozen CDs. He is also the author of a novel, Freak, published in 2003. His plays include Deception and
Denial, Never Sleep Alone, and The Love Electric his most acclaimed work to date. This is his Dodge
Poetry Festival debut.
MARK HILLRINGHOUSE is a published poet, essayist, and photographer. His photo-essay on the Passaic River was published last January in the American Poetry Review and his interview with poet Paul Violi appeared in Hanging Loose Magazine as part of their 100th issue in 2012. He recently collaborated on a documentary film on the life of poet Maria Gillan. His photography and writing have been featured in
The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review, and in many others.
JANE HIRSHFIELD’s books of poetry include Come, Thief (2011); After (2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt
(2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lives of the Heart (1997); The
October Palace (1994); Of Gravity & Angels (1988); and Alaya (1982). She is also the author of Nine
Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and has also edited and co-translated The Ink Dark Moon:
Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (1990) with Mariko
Aratani; Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems (2006) with Robert Bly; Women in Praise of the Sacred: Forty-Three
Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994); and an e-book on Basho, The Heart of Haiku (2011). She
last appeared at the Festival in 2008.
FANNY HOWE’s recent collections of poetry include On the Ground (2004), Gone (2003), Selected Poems (2000), Forged (1999), Q (1998), One Crossed Out (1997), O’Clock (1995), and The End (1992). She is also the author of several novels and prose collections, most recently The Lives of a Spirit / Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken (2005) and Nod (1998). She has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. She is making her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
ADELE KENNY is the author of 23 books (poetry and nonfiction). Her poems appear in journals
worldwide, as well as in books and anthologies from publishers including Crown, McGraw Hill, Tuttle,
and Shambhala. Her awards and honors include two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Council on the
Arts, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Writer’s
Digest Poetry Award, and a Women of Excellence Award for her work in the arts and humanities. This is
her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
KURTIS LAMKIN is a contemporary American embodiment of the ancient West African griot tradition,
which blurs the boundaries between poet, singer and storyteller. When he performs, he often
accompanies himself on his own hand-made kora, a twenty-one-stringed West African harp-lute.
Lamkin has released a number of CDs of his work, including: My Juju (1995), El Shabazz (1998), and
Queen of Carolina (2001). He last appeared at the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2006.
DORIANNE LAUX is the author of Facts About the Moon (2005), which was the recipient of the Oregon
Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other collections include The
Book of Men (2011); Smoke (2000); What We Carry (1994), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle
Award; and Awake (1990), which was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for
Poetry. She first appeared at the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2010.
PAUL LEGAULT is the co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books and the author of three
books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems, The Other Poems and The Emily Dickinson Reader. He is also the
co-editor of The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare , 154 poets' "versions" of the bard's
own. Legault lives in Brooklyn, NY and works for the Academy of American Poets. This is his Dodge
Poetry Festival debut.
PHILIP LEVINE is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who currently serves as Poet Laureate of the
United States. He has published numerous books of poetry, most recently News of the World (2010);
Breath (2004); The Mercy (1999); The Simple Truth (1994, Pulitzer Prize), What Work Is (1991, National
Book Award), among others. Philip Levine last appeared at the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2004.
ADA LIMÓN’s first collection of poetry, Lucky Wreck (2006), was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House
Poetry Prize. She is also the author of This Big Fake World (2006), winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize;
and Sharks in the Rivers (2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the Harvard Review, and
Pleiades. A winner of the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry, this is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
TIMOTHY LIU’s poetry explores identity, violence, sexuality, and the power of witness. His poetry
collections include Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (2009), For Dust Thou Art (2005),
Publishers Weekly Book of the Year Of Thee I Sing (2004), and Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award winner Vox Angelica (1992).
THOMAS LUX’s collections of poetry include God Particles: Poems (2008); The Cradle Place (2004); The Street of Clocks (2001); New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995 (1997), which was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Blind Swimmer: Selected Early Poems, 1970-1975 (1996); Split Horizon (1994), for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Pecked to Death by Swans (1993); A Boat in the Forest (1992); The Drowned River: New Poems (1990); Half Promised Land (1986); Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy (1983); Massachusetts (1981); Like a Wide Anvil from the Moon the Light (1980); Sunday (1979); Madrigal on the Way Home (1977); The Glassblower's Breath (1976); Memory's Handgrenade (1972); and The Land Sighted (1970). He appeared at the Festival in 2000.
TAYLOR MALI is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement.
Born in New York City, he is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching and has performed
and lectured for teachers all over the world. In April his New Teacher Project achieved the goal of
creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.” He is the author of two
books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are and What Learning Leaves and four CDs of spoken word. This
is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
SALGADO MARANHÃO’s A Cor da Palavra (The Color of the Word) was named the best book of poetry by the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2011. An earlier collection, Mural de Ventos (Mural of Winds), won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti in 1999. In addition to his nine books of poetry, Maranhão has
written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. Sol
Sangüíneo (Blood of the Sun) is Maranhão’s first book to appear in English translation.
RACHEL McKIBBENS is a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of Pink
Elephant. For four years she taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in
Manhattan. Her poems, short stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals,
including The Los Angeles Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review,
World Literature Today and The American Poetry Journal. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
JOSEPH MILLAR is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007),
and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has received grants from the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and Oregon Literary Arts.
JOHN MURILLO’s first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts
Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. His work has appeared in such publications as
Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton
Anthology of African-American Poetry. His second collection, The Matador’s Ghost, is forthcoming from
Cypher Books. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
IDRA NOVEY is the author of Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, and The Next Country, a finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. Her translations of Brazilian poetry include Paulo Henriques Britto’s The Clean Shirt of It and Manoel de Barros’ Birds for a Demolition. Novey has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poets & Writers Magazine, the NEA, and the PEN Translation Fund. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
MICHAEL JOSEPH O’HARA is a New Jersey native, born in Vineland and educated at Rutgers University. He is the author of the books The Fine Art of Selling Out and The Year with No Holidays and has recently been published in the Apiary Literary Magazine and won the Philadelphia “Literary Death Match.” He currently coaches Spoken Word artists and gives performance and writing workshops in the Philadelphia area. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
GREGORY ORR is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including How Beautiful the Beloved
(2009); Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (2005); The Caged Owl: New and Selected
Poems (2002); Orpheus and Eurydice (2001); City of Salt (1995), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times
Poetry Prize; Gathering the Bones Together (1975) and Burning the Empty Nests (1973). He is also the
author of a memoir, The Blessing (2002), which was chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the fifty best
non-fiction books of the year. He is making his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
GREGORY PARDLO is an associate editor for the literary journal Callaloo and a contributing editor for
Painted Bride Quarterly. His poems, reviews, and translations have been widely published and are noted
for “language simultaneously urban and highbrow…snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes
BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ is a poet, novelist, essayist, and children’s book author. He grew up on a cotton farm in New Mexico speaking only Spanish until he started elementary school. Although his education
eventually took him to Denver, Belguim, Iowa, and California, Sáenz settled in the border region
between Texas and New Mexico — an area that remains central to his writing.
NARUBI SELAH was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. She has recorded and performed alongside such
notables as the Poor Righteous Teachers, Lauryn Hill, Big Pun, Sista Soulja, Mos Def, and Mums. In 2001,
she performed at the 2001 Essence’s Music Festival in New Orleans. In 2005, following becoming the
“New Jersey Slam Queen,” she was featured on the 5th season of the Peabody Award winning series,
Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
BARAKA SELE became a published poet at the age of eighteen when a poem she wrote, inspired by the
1967 Newark uprising, was printed by the Detroit News. Her first collection of poetry, Inside the Devil's
Mouth was published when she was still an undergraduate student. Since that time, her poems have
appeared in various publications, including Black American Literature Forum. Throughout a more than
thirty-year career of working in the arts, including her tenure as the Assistant Vice President of
Programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, she has presented numerous poets and spoken
JOAN I. SIEGEL is author of Hyacinth for the Soul and the forthcoming Light at Point Reyes. She also coauthored with her husband, Joel R. Solonche, Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter. Recipient of the
New Letters Poetry Prize and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, she has been published in over fifty
publications including Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar and The Gettysburg Review among other
periodicals and anthologies. This is her Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
PATRICIA SMITH is four-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion. Her poetry collections include
Blood Dazzler (2008); Teahouse of the Almighty (2006), chosen for the 2005 National Poetry Series; Big
Towns, Big Talk (2002); Close to Death (1998); and Life According to Motown (1991). Patricia Smith read at the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2008.
ARTHUR SZE is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light (2009), Quipu (2005), The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 (1998), and Archipelago (1995). Other collections by Sze include
River River (1987), Dazzled (1982), Two Ravens (1976; revised, 1984), and The Willow Wind (1972;
revised, 1981). He is also a celebrated translator from the Chinese, and released The Silk Dragon:
Translations from the Chinese in 2001. This is his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
LARISSA SZPORLUK’s books of poetry include Dark Sky Question (1998), which won the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato (2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind (2003);
Embryos and Idiots (2007); and Traffic with Macbeth (2011). She has received grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts, and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University.
NATASHA TRETHEWEY received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her 2006 collection of poetry, Native
Guard. Her other collections include Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002) and Domestic Work (2000), selected by
Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African
American poet and which also won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and
the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She appeared at the Festival in 2006.
C. K. WILLIAMS is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Wait: Poems (Farrar, Straus, and
Giroux, 2010); Collected Poems (2007); The Singing (2003), which won the National Book Award; Repair
(1999), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Vigil (1997); A Dream of Mind (1992); Flesh and Blood (1987),
which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Tar (1983); With Ignorance (1997); I Am the Bitter
Name (1992); and Lies (1969). He is a native of Newark, and last appeared at the Festival in 2004.
RAUL ZURITA, winner of the National Literature Prize of Chile and the Pablo Neruda Prize, is one of the
most widely acclaimed Latin American poets writing today. His career began during the Pinochet
regime, when he was imprisoned and tortured, and includes the audacious act of having lines from his
poems skywritten above New York City to bring international attention to the suffering of the minorities
of the world. Author of nearly 20 volumes, he is a Guggenheim fellow and has read widely across the
world. He is making his Dodge Poetry Festival debut.
About the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, an initiative of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation held
biennially in even-numbered years since 1986, is a celebration of poetry that immerses participants in
four days of readings, performances, and conversations. Prior to its move to NJPAC and Newark in 2010,
the Festival was held primarily at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey. In its 24-year history, the
Dodge Poetry Festival has involved more than 500 poets, including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize
winners, and an unparalleled array of much-published and award-winning poets.
The Dodge Poetry Festival was the first large-scale event to put poetry itself at its center and to invite
poets and audiences from a wide base of the culture. Poets who have participated in the Festival have
included Nobel Laureates Octavio Paz and Derek Walcott as well as U.S. Poets Laureate Billy Collins, Rita
Dove, Donald Hall, Robert Hass, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin, Robert Pinsky, Charles Simic and Mark Strand. Gwendolyn Brooks, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Galway Kinnell,
Carolyn Kizer, Yusef Komunyakaa, W.S. Merwin, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, C.K. Williams and Franz
Wright are among the Pulitzer Prize winners who have been featured at past Festivals. The remarkable
diversity of voices and styles has also included Jimmy Santiago Baca, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Li-Young
Lee and Sekou Sundiata, all of whom found a much larger national audience largely as a direct result of
their participation in the Dodge Poetry Festival.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Poetry Program operates throughout the school year, sending
poets into classrooms across New Jersey and offering poetry discussion groups for teachers. During
each Festival, thousands of students and teachers explore the intimate connection between poets and
poetry and develop a greater understanding of the art form and of the power of self-expression by
hearing poetry performed by its creators. Over the years the Festival has welcomed more than 45,000
high school students, all of whom attend free of charge, from as far away as Florida, Maine, Minnesota,
and California. More than 18,000 teachers have participated in special programs offered at the Festival
and have had the opportunity to receive professional development credits
The Dodge Poetry Festival has been featured extensively in five PBS television series, including Bill
Moyers’ Emmy-winning, multi-part series The Language of Life and Fooling with Words. Excerpts of
readings from the Festival are routinely aired on PBS through the series Poetry Everywhere with Garrison
Keillor and over 60 short readings can be seen on Dodge’s YouTube channel. To read the Poetry
Program’s popular Poetry Fridays blog and find more information about the Festival visit
About the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Through the foresight and generosity of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the foundation bearing her name
was created in 1974. For more than 30 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has nurtured people,
ideas, and institutions which transcend self-interest and contribute to a sustainable human society and
the environment which shelters it. The mission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is to support and
encourage those educational, cultural, social, and environmental values that contribute to making our
society more humane and our world more livable. Christopher Daggett has been the Foundation’s
President and CEO since 2010.
About New Jersey Performing Arts Center
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic center of
New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. The largest
cultural venue for performing arts in the state of New Jersey, NJPAC annually presents more than 350
concerts, plays, recitals, spoken word, and cultural events. The performance home of the critically
acclaimed New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC regularly welcomes the world’s foremost performers
in every genre, from Itzhak Perlman, Tony Bennett, and Yo-Yo Ma, to Paul Simon, Youssou N’Dour, and
ZZ Top; from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to the
National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique.
Located in the heart of an emerging downtown Newark, NJPAC has been widely cited as a catalyst in the
revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city, attracting more than seven million visitors since it opened in
1997. NJPAC’s arts education initiatives have reached more than a million Newark and New Jersey
children with innovative programs including the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, The Star-Ledger Scholarship
for the Performing Arts, The Young Artist Institute, and the Verizon Passport to Culture SchoolTime and
FamilyTime Series. NJPAC also offers in-school residencies in dance, theater, music, and the literary arts.
The cornerstone of Newark’s cultural community, NJPAC’s free outdoor summer music series, Sounds of
the City, is an annual highly anticipated event, attracting between 2,000 and 3,000 people to the threeacre
Theater Square on Thursday nights during the summer months. To learn more, visit www.njpac.org
Tickets for the 2012 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival are now on sale and there will be discounted
tickets for seniors, students, and Newark residents. Thousands of pre-registered teachers and high
school students will attend for free.
Visit www.dodgepoetry.org to join the Festival’s mailing list to be informed of the complete Festival program. See below for the schedule of on-sale dates.
Prudential is the presenting sponsor of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.
2012 Dodge Poetry Festival Ticket Packages and Prices
Tickets will be available at www.njpac.org, by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC (888-466-5722), or at the NJPAC box office located at One Center Street, Newark, NJ.
ON SALE AS OF AUGUST 13, 2012
Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday Single Full Day Admission
Senior/Teachers with ID* $36.00
Students with ID & Newark Residents* $20.00
Includes access to all Festival events on a single day only.
Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14)
Seniors/Teachers with ID* $54.00
Students with ID & Newark Residents* $30.00
Includes access to all Festival events on Saturday and Sunday.
Four Day Pass (Thursday through Sunday, October 11 through 14)
Senior/Teachers with ID* $88.00
Students with ID & Newark Residents* $50.00
Includes access to all Festival events, all days.
ON SALE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Thursday, Friday or Saturday Daytime-Only Admission
Senior/Teachers with ID* $27.00
Students with ID & Newark Residents* $15.00
Includes access to morning and afternoon events only on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
No access to evening or Sunday events.
Prudential Hall Featured Events Only (Thursday-Saturday evening)
Senior/Teachers with ID* $27.00
Students with ID & Newark Residents* $15.00
Includes access to Prudential Hall for a single evening featured reading program in
Prudential Hall only. No access to morning and afternoon events on Thursday, Friday or
Saturday. Sunday is only available as a full-day ticket.
DAYTIME TICKETHOLDERS ADDING EVENING FEATURED READINGS
All categories $15.00
Must have daytime ticket stub for same day in order to upgrade.
NEWARK RESIDENT TICKET DISCOUNT
Newark residents with ID will receive 50% discounts on single day, multi-day weekend, or weekday
Festival events in all venues are General Admission at all times.
*Seniors are age 65 and up. Teachers must have a valid Faculty ID. Students must have a valid college,
high school, or middle school Student ID. The Festival is not recommended for younger
students/children (however we do admit them at the Student price, whether or not their schools offer