2014 Festival

For the third time, the largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey’s largest city when the fifteenth biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival return to Newark from Thursday October 23rd through Sunday October 26th, 2014. For four days Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.

As we move closer to the Festival, further information—including a detailed schedule of events—will be announced.  In the meantime, we want you to know that the 2014 Festival will feature the outstanding programming you’ve come to love:

Poets on Poetry: Festival Poets read and discuss some of the poems and poets that have mattered to them.

Poetry Samplers feature over two dozen poets giving brief readings introduce a wide range of the poets appearing at the Festival.

Conversations: Intimate groups of Festival Poets discuss enduring themes, topical issues and emerging questions evoked by poetry.

Festival Poet Readings feature a dynamic and diverse group of regional and national poets.

Evening Main Stage Readings feature some of the most celebrated poets writing and performing today.

Poetry and music explorations and collaborations featuring poets, musicians and dancers from a wide range of genres.

• Special events focusing on themed readings, like “Another Kind of Courage,” a reading by war veterans and their families.

We are grateful to our partners in this endeavor: the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the City of Newark. The cultural and arts community in Newark could not be more welcoming—we are thankful for the continued cooperation and support of the many organizations that will make the 2014 Festival a success:  Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Brick City Development Corporation, Greater Newark Area Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Newark Arts Council, New Jersey Historical Society, The Newark Museum, Military Park, North Star Charter School Academy, First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Trinity St. Philip’s Cathedral, and many more.