Full Festival Program

For more information on specific readings and conversations, visit the Description of Events.

This is the full program for all four days of the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival. This program is subject to change at any time leading up to the Festival. 

THURSDAY, October 18

EVENT

PERFORMERS

VENUE

9:30 - 10:40 am

Poets for Teachers Juan Felipe Herrera First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church
  Poets on Poetry Sharon Olds Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral

 

Poets on Poetry Sapphire Newark Museum
  On Craft Mary Ruefle Express Newark

11:00am - 12:10pm

Poets on Poetry Sandra Cisneros First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 

 

Who Is It Can Tell Me Who I Am: Poetry and Identity Eileen Myles, Gregory Pardlo, Rachel Wiley  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 

 

On Craft Henri Cole Express Newark
  Silence is Become Speech Jan Beatty, Tina Chang, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Nicole Sealey Newark Museum

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park

12:30 - 1:40pm

Poets on Poetry Kwame Dawes  First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church  

 

Poets on Poetry Ntozake Shange  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral  
  Poets for Teachers Gregory Orr  Newark Museum
  Lost and Found in Translation David Hinton, David Young  Express Newark 
  Open Reading General Public  Military Park 

2:00 - 3:10pm

Poetry Sampler

Renée Ashley,
Jan Beatty,
Jericho Brown,
Tina Chang,
Sandra Cisneros,
Henri Cole,
Safia Elhillo,
Maria Mazziotti Gillan,
Juan Felipe Herrera,
David Hinton,
Eileen Myles,
Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park 

3:30 - 4:40pm

Poetry Sampler Hieu Minh Nguyen,
Sharon Olds,
Gregory Orr,
Gregory Pardlo,
Mary Ruefle,
Sapphire,
sam sax,
Natalie Scenters-Zapico,
Nicole Sealey,
Paul Tran,
Rachel Wiley,
David Young 
Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 

6:30 - 8:30pm

Poets Forum: Academy of American Poets Chancellors' Reading

Elizabeth Alexander,
Ellen Bass,
Marilyn Chin,
Kwame Dawes,
Forrest Gander,
Linda Gregerson,
Brenda Hillman,
Marie Howe,
Khaled Mattawa,
Marilyn Nelson,
Alicia Ostriker,
Alberto Ríos,
David St. John

Prudential Hall (NJPAC)

FRIDAY,
October 19 

 EVENT

PERFORMERS

VENUE

9:30-10:40am

Poets on Poetry Sandra Cisneros  Prudential Hall (NJPAC)

 

Poets Forum: How to Read a Poem Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Marilyn Nelson  Victoria Theater (NJPAC)

 

Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Juan Felipe Herrera, Raymond Luczak, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, David Young  First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Tina Chang, Rigoberto González, Joseph O. Legaspi, Mary Ruefle  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Joy Ladin, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Sharon Olds, Nicole Sealey North Star Academy
  Poets on Poetry Jan Beatty Newark Museum
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A William Brewer, Rob Hylton, sam sax, Rachel Wiley Express Newark

11:00 - 12:10pm

Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Ross Gay, Sapphire, Danez Smith, Jenny Xie  Prudential Hall (NJPAC)
  Poets Forum: Poetry and Democracy Elizabeth Alexander, Brenda Hillman, Khaled Mattawa, Alberto Ríos  Victoria Theater (NJPAC)
  Poets on Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera  First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Jericho Brown, David Hinton, Khadijah Queen  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 
  Poets on Poetry Ntozake Shange  North Star Academy 
  Poets on Poetry Henri Cole  Newark Museum 
  Poetics of War Warrior Writers Express Newark 

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park

12:30 - 1:40pm

Who Is It Can Tell Me Who I Am: Poetry and Identity Rigoberto González, Eileen Myles, Sharon Olds, Khadijah Queen  Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 
  Poets Forum: Our House: Eco Poetry and the Earth Ellen Bass, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe  Victoria Theater (NJPAC) 

 

Poets on Poetry Kwame Dawes  First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 

 

Storytelling Sandra Cisneros  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 

 

Poetry and the Oral Tradition William Brewer, David Hinton, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Gregory Pardlo  North Star Academy 
  Poetry and the Oral Tradition William Evans, Nicole Homer, Rob Hylton, Gregory Orr  Newark Museum 
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Safia Elhillo, Naomi Extra, Natalie Scenters-Zapico  Express Newark 
  Open Reading General Public  Military Park

2:00 - 3:10pm

What Is Found There: Poetry and On Being Jericho Brown and Krista Tippett Prudential Hall (NJPAC)  

 

On the Life of the Poet Tina Chang, Ross Gay, Raymond Luczak, Mary Ruefle First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 

 

Going Public with Private Feelings Aaron Coleman, Nicole Homer, Joseph O. Legaspi, Jenny Xie  Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 
  Who Is It Can Tell Me Who I Am: Poetry and Identity Safia Elhillo, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Joy Ladin, Danez Smith  North Star Academy 
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A William Evans, Naomi Extra, Paul Tran  Express Newark 
  Open Reading General Public  Military Park

3:30 - 4:40pm

Poetry and Song Gregory Orr and Parkington Sisters Prudential Hall (NJPAC)  
  Poets on Poetry Eileen Myles North Star Academy 
  Poets on Poetry David Young First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 
  Poems and Conversation: Readings and Q & A Aaron Coleman, Naomi Extra, Hieu Minh Nguyen Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 

 

Open Reading General Public Military Park 

6:00 - 6:30pm

Music Parkington Sisters Prudential Hall (NJPAC)

6:30-9:30pm

Main Stage reading

Jan Beatty,
Henri Cole,
Gregory Pardlo,
Mary Ruefle,
Sapphire

Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 

SATURDAY, October 20

EVENT

PERFORMERS

VENUE 

9:30 - 10:40am

Poets Forum: American Poetries Marilyn Chin, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, David St. John First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church

 

You Were My First Eileen Myles, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Sapphire Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral

11:00 - 12:10pm

Festival Poets Reading Jan Beatty, Tina Chang, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Danez Smith North Star Academy

 

A Certain Kind of Attention Jericho Brown, Henri Cole, Mary Ruefle, Jenny Xie, David Young Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral

 

Poets Forum: Poetry and Storytelling Ellen Bass, Linda Gregerson, Marie Howe, Khaled Mattawa First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church
  Poetry Foundation: Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows Reading Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, sam sax, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Paul Tran Newark Museum
  Kundiman Reading Eileen Huang, Vikas K. Menon, Bushra Rehman, R.A. Villanueva Express Newark
  Open Reading General Public Military Park

12:30 - 1:40pm

What Is Found There: Poetry and On Being Gregory Orr and Krista Tippett Prudential Hall (NJPAC)
  Crossing Boundaries Juan Felipe Herrera, Joy Ladin, Sapphire, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Paul Tran North Star Academy 
  Festival Poets Reading Renée Ashley, Aaron Coleman, Raymond Luczak, Gregory Pardlo, Khadijah Queen Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 
  Poets Forum: The Poetic Line Kwame Dawes, Alicia Ostriker, David St. John First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church
  This Soil, This Air William Brewer, Ross Gay, David Hinton, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Margaret Waldock Newark Museum
  CantoMundo Reading Andrés Cerpa, María Fernanda, Noel Quiñones, Raquel Salas Rivera, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, Cintia Santana Express Newark 

 

Open Reading General Public Military Park 

2:00 - 3:10pm

The Beloved: A Poetry and Song Cycle Gregory Orr and Parkington Sisters Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 
  Whose Body? Jan Beatty, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Rigoberto González, Danez Smith North Star Academy
  Poetry and Pride Jericho Brown, Joseph O. Legaspi, Raymond Luczak, Eileen Myles, Rachel Wiley Newark Museum 
  Festival Poets Reading William Evans, Nicole Homer, Joy Ladin, Peter Murphy, Nicole Sealey Express Newark 
  Festival Poets Reading William Brewer, Rob Hylton, Kevin Pilkington, BJ Ward, Jenny Xie First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church 

 

Poetry and the News Tina Chang, Aaron Coleman, Safia Elhillo, JC Todd Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 

 

Open Reading General Public Military Park 

3:30 - 5:00pm

Main Stage Readings

David Young, Kwame Dawes, Sandra Cisneros

Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 

3:30 - 4:40pm

Silence Is Become Speech Nicole Homer, Khadijah Queen, Nicole Sealey, Ntozake Shange Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral 

 

Festival Poet Readings Francisco Aragón, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Nancy Reddy, sam sax, JC Todd Newark Museum 

 

Poetics of War Warrior Writers Express Newark 
  Open Reading General Public Military Park 

6:30 - 9:00pm

In Praise: A Hundred Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

Jan Beatty,
Jericho Brown,
Sandra Cisneros,
Henri Cole,
Kwame Dawes,
Ross Gay,
Rigoberto González,
Juan Felipe Herrera,
David Hinton,
Joy Ladin,
Joseph O. Legaspi,
Eileen Myles,
Aimee Nezhukumatathil,
Sharon Olds,
Mary Ruefle,
Krista Tippett,
Rachel Wiley

Music from Newark Boys Chorus and Parkington Sisters

Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 

SUNDAY, October 21

EVENT

PERFORMERS 

VENUE 

9:30 - 10:40am

Crossing Boundaries Juan Felipe Herrera, Eileen Myles, Sapphire, Paul Tran Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 
  Festival Poet Readings Jan Beatty, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Gregory Orr, Mary Ruefle 

North Star Academy

  On Craft Kwame Dawes  Express Newark
  Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant Henri Cole, Safia Elhillo, David Hinton, Gregory Pardlo, Nicole Sealey  Newark Museum

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park

11:00 - 12:10pm

What Is Found There: Poetry and On Being Sharon Olds and Krista Tippett  Prudential Hall (NJPAC) 
  On Craft Sandra Cisneros  North Star Academy
  Brick City Voices Marina Carreira, Jasmine Mans, Dimitri Reyes, Mia X Express Newark
  Poetry and the News Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Rachel Wiley Newark Museum

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park

12:30 - 1:40pm

A Conversation with Ntozake Shange Sharnita C. Johnson and Ntozake Shange  Prudential Hall (NJPAC)
  Festival Poets Reading Jericho Brown, Henri Cole, Gregory Pardlo, Nicole Sealey, Rachel Wiley  North Star Academy
  Festival Poets Reading Tina Chang, Kevin Pilkington, sam sax, Christine Salvatore, David Young  Express Newark

 

Masks and Masculinity Jan Beatty, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Gregory Orr, Paul Tran  Newark Museum

 

Open Reading General Public  Military Park

2:00 - 4:00pm

Main Stage Reading David Hinton, Juan Felipe Herrera, Eileen Myles, Sharon Olds Prudential (NJPAC)