#DPF20: Our First Virtual Festival

You can now visit www.dodgepoetryfestival.org to learn more about the virtual 2020 Dodge Poetry Festival and how to get your Pass today.


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 #DPF2020 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, the Festival will celebrate the great diversity of voices that make-up contemporary poetry. The poet line-up will include poets from:

CantoMundoCave CanemKundimanLambda LiteraryLetras LatinasMiznaRuth Lilly FellowsWind of the SpiritZoeglossia • and the Academy of American Poets’ Chancellors


Poets confirmed as of September 2020:

George Abraham • Jessica Abughattas • Grisel Y. Acosta • Ryka Aoki • Francisco Aragón • Cameron Awkward-Rich • Kay Ulanday Barrett • Ellen Bass* • Zeina Hashem Beck • Reginald Dwayne Betts • Richard Blanco • Robert Carnevale • Andrés Cerpa • Marilyn Chin* • Kai Coggin • Kyle Dargan • Teri Ellen Cross Davis • Kwame Dawes* • Oliver de la Paz • Natalie Diaz • Cornelius Eady • Martín Espada • Joshua Jennifer Espinoza • Camonghne Felix • Nikky Finney • Carolyn Forché • Vievee Francis • Kay Gabriel • Forrest Gander* • Yashika Graham • Linda Gregerson* • Luray Gross • Joy Harjo* • Yona Harvey • Terrance Hayes* • Brenda Hillman* • Edward Hirsch • Darrel Alejandro Holnes • Marie Howe* • JP Infante • Jessica Jacobs • Tyehimba Jess • Cyree Jarelle Johnson • Yalie Kamara • Collin Kelley • Kokumo Kinetic • Keetje Kuipers • Edgar Kunz • Dorianne Laux* • Ada Limón • Aurielle Marie • Aurora Masum-Javed • Jasminne Mendez • Caridad Moro-Gronlier • John Murillo • Michelle Myers • Diana Khoi Nguyen • Martin Hill Ortiz • Ladan Osman • Alicia Ostriker* • Michelle Peñaloza • Paisley Rekdal • Seema Reza • Ruth Irupé Sanabria • Lauren Marie Schmidt • Cherene Sherrard • Charles Simic • Savannah Sipple • Emily Skaja • Monica Sok • David St. John* • Kush Thompson • Natasha Trethewey* • Rich Villar • Joe Weil • Jillian Weise • Arhm Choi Wild • Paul-Victor Winters • Kevin Young*

*Academy of American Poet Chancellors


What will it look like?

The Festival will run from October 22 - November 1, 2020 and will feature:

  • poetry readings and performances
  • poet panel talks and conversations
  • Q&A between poets and attendees
  • NEW! online discussion groups for attendees


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