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Lunchtime Poems in Military Park

Join us for our new lunchtime poetry reading series held in the beautifully renovated Military Park in Newark. Every Thursday until the end of summer, you can get to know local poets with Brick City Voices, war veterans-turned-poets with Warrior Writers, and get a preview of some 2014 Festival poets. 

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Preserving the Past, Sustaining the Future
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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Archive project is planned to consist of 2,500 hours of audio and video recordings, which include never-before-seen and once-in-a-lifetime conversations by internationally recognized poets.

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Sharon Olds August 29th, 2014 Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Photo by Marcus Mam, Vogue, September 2012 Through ten collections of poems, Sharon Olds has turned an unflinching eye toward the ecstasies and sorrows of living in the human body. Every stage of life is meticulously observed and explored: childhood, adolescence and the awakening of sexuality, marriage, the birthing of children, divorce, the caretaking of aging parents, their deaths, and the c...

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Rachel McKibbens August 26th, 2014 Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Photo courtesy of Rachel McKibbens’s poetry feels like a product of dark magic–not meaning it is evil or bad, but rather a miracle arisen from misery. McKibbens is a phoenix, proud and resplendent amongst her ashes. She starts with darkness: pain, shame, abuse, violence, regret, neglect, longing, and then: BAM. She waves her magic wand, calls upon the forces o...

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