October 10, 2012

Dodge Poetry Festival begins Thursday


Festival Background

The Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America, attracting thousands of poetry enthusiasts who travel from far and wide across the country to hear and see and meet their favorite poets up close. 

The Festival is anchored by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and over its four days, will transform downtown Newark into a poetry village, with events scheduled at several of the City’s venerable cultural institutions, including the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, the Center for Arts Education, First Peddie Baptist Memorial Church, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Newark Museum, North Star Academy, and Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral. 

The city of Newark itself has a very rich literary history, as the birthplace of Stephan Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Roth, and Paul Auster, among others.

Among the dozens of poets scheduled to appear this year are:

-               Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is immediate past Poet Laureate of the United States

-               National Book Award winners Nikky Finney and Terrance Hayes

-               C.K. Williams, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who is a native of Newark

-               Raul Zurita, winner of the National Literature Prize of Chile and the Pablo Neruda Prize, one of the most widely acclaimed Latin American poets writing today

-               Eavan Boland, widely considered to be Ireland’s greatest living woman poet



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