Dodge Poetry Festival Awarded to Newark and New Jersey Performing Arts Center

October 10, 2009

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announced that it has selected The City of Newark and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as the new site for The Dodge Poetry Festival. The Festival will move to the State’s largest city in October, 2010.

“This is a ringing endorsement of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, as a major cultural capital,” said Lawrence P. Goldman, NJPAC’s President and CEO. “We have always said that Newark is the London and Paris of New Jersey and this selection by the Dodge Foundation is a welcome validation.”

The Dodge Poetry Program was begun in 1986 as an initiative funded by the Arts and Education Programs of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Since then, there have been twelve biennial Dodge Poetry Festivals, which now routinely attract audiences of 17,000 to 20,000. The Festival is the largest poetry event in North America.

“Both the Trustees and Staff at Dodge were thrilled to be able to bring this signature event to Newark, a City where the Foundation has made many investments in the past decades,” said David Grant, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “We look forward very much to our partnership with NJPAC, the City of Newark, and other organizations that will provide venues for the festival.”

In its 22-year history, the Dodge Poetry Festival has involved nearly 500 Festival Poets, including Nobel Laureates, individual state and U.S. Poets Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, and an array of poets from diverse cultures and subcultures here and abroad.

The Festival provided the substance for 25 hours of national PBS television programming seen by more than 50 million people, including more than 20 hours with Bill Moyers and two Emmy-winning programs. Series include The Power of the Word (1989), The Language of Life (1995), Poetry Heaven (1998), Fooling With Words (1999), and Sounds of Poetry (1999).

“Newark is the state’s center of arts and culture and entertainment and having the festival in Newark is a testament to its spirit,” said the Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark, who championed the effort to bring the festival to the city. “It is a mutually beneficial endeavor. It will raise the profile of the festival and it’s great for the city.”

SOURCE New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Sander Zulauf at the William Carlos Williams Center

October 6, 2009

sandypicThe WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite Sander Zulauf, poet, literary professor, and editor, as the next feature on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.  As usual this monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams and open readings from the floor.  No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited.  Note that they are now holding the WCW Poetry Cooperative readings on the Terrace of the Williams Center for the Arts ( located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J.  Download a program flyer here:

Also, please remember that noted poet Jim Klein leads  peer-to-peer poetry workshops (Red Wheelbarrow Poets) on Wednesdays (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th) when we do not have the readings.  These will continue in theRutherford Public Library (  Please see the flyer here:

Also, please see the Red Wheelbarrow website here:

Poets Judith A. Christian & Patricia McKernon Runkle @ The Unitarian Universal Fellowship Hall

October 4, 2009

Christian and McKernon Runkle – Oct. 6
OCTOBER 6th, 7 pm
First Tuesdays Reading

The Paulinskill Poetry Project
The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center
The Writers’ Roundtable
Featured Readers

1 West Nelson Street
Newton, New Jersey, 07806

William Carlos Williams Poetry Symposium Oct. 2 & Oct. 3

September 24, 2009

WCW Poetry Symposium celebrates the 125th anniversary of William Carlos Williams’s equally renowned brother, the eminent architect and artist Edgar Williams (1884-1974), on Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3, 2009.  For more information, see the WCW Poetry Symposium website:


Inspiration at the Jefferson Library

September 24, 2009

Oak Ridge, NJ – Lift your spirits at Inspirations: A Night of Poetry and Music at the Jefferson Township Public Library on Saturday, October 3 at 7 p.m. Two poetry readings and an uplifting instrumental acoustic guitar performance in one evening.

Poet Ellen Bihler of Hackettstown is an RN working in pediatric long term care. She is the author of two chapbooks: Late Summer Confessions (Pudding House, ’09) and An Avalanche of Blue Sky (Foothills, ’04.)  Ms. Bihler resides in Hackettstown.

Poet Don Zirilli of Andover is the editor of Now Culture. His poetry has been published in the Panhandler, iota, River Styx and elsewhere.

Guitarist Renee Lando plays with a unique style and ability, fusing flavors that span from classical to jazz to blues to folk. Her transporting melodies take audiences on an inspired journey.

Refreshments and socializing will follow the performance. For more information, visit the library’s web site at, or email The library is located at 1031 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ.

Poetry Party: An Open Mic, Sept. 20, in Fairfield

September 18, 2009

Poetry Party: An Open Mic

“When Arts Collide”

Sunday, September 20

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Huddle Inn Restaurant

Downstairs Cafe

31 Passaic Ave.

Fairfield, NJ


No Cover Charge

Bring a few poems to read, ideally one which has some connection to another art form.

Harvest Moon Reading, South Mountain Poets on 09/24

September 18, 2009

Harvest Moon Reading South Mountain Poets 09/24/09:

Thursday, September 24th, 6:30 p.m.
SUMMIT, NJ 07901
908 277 1330
open reading will follow featured readers, as time permits
Thank you!