2016 Festival

For the fourth time, the largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey’s largest city when the 30th Anniversary Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival return to Newark from Thursday October 20th through Sunday October 23rd, 2016. 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.

The 2016 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, 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.