#DPF20: Our First Virtual Festival

We have big news!

Because of the ongoing unpredictability of the COVID pandemic, we are moving the 2020 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival online. We must make the choice that best protects the health of our audiences, Festival Poets, Dodge personnel, New Jersey Performing Arts Center staff, and Newark residents who support us as volunteers and site crew.  

We see this as an opportunity to expand the Dodge Poetry Festival community, and provide greater access to contemporary poetry and poets. 

You can read our full press release here


Free Streaming

In the name of access and equity, we are offering live streaming of #DPF20 online at no charge. Performances on-demand will be available for a nominal subscription fee. Schools and teachers that register in advance will have free full access. 

Who will be there?

As always, this 2020 Dodge Poetry Festival will celebrate the great diversity of voices that make-up contemporary poetry. The Festival Poets and Academy of American Poets’ Chancellors, announced last fall, will still be joining us, and we’ll be announcing additional poets and performers over the next few months. 

Poets confirmed as of June 2020:

Elizabeth Alexander* • Ellen Bass* • Reginald Dwayne Betts • Richard Blanco • Marilyn Chin* • Kwame Dawes* • Natalie Diaz • Cornelius Eady • Martín Espada • Nikky Finney • Carolyn Forché • Vievee Francis • Forrest Gander* • Linda Gregerson* • Joy Harjo* • Terrance Hayes* • Brenda Hillman* • Edward Hirsch • Marie Howe* • Tyehimba Jess • Dorianne Laux* • Ada Limón • Alicia Ostriker* • Paisley Rekdal • Charles Simic • David St. John* • Natasha Trethewey* • Kevin Young*

*Academy of American Poet Chancellors


What will it look like?

The Dodge Poetry team is hard at working beginning to design the virtual Festival. We don't have all of the details yet (stay tuned!) but we are planning to start the Festival on October 22, 2020.

The Festival will once again feature

  • individual and group poetry readings and performances
  • conversations and panel talks among several poets
  • Q&A with Festival Poets


Want to keep in touch with #DPF20? 

Join our mailing list to stay up to date! 

And follow us on TwitterInstagram & Facebook for fun and informative Festival updates