For the sixth time, the largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey’s largest city when the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival returns to Newark:

Thursday October 22nd through Sunday October 25th, 2020.

For four days Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will host the Festival, featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.


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Poets confirmed as of April 2020:

Elizabeth Alexander* • Ellen Bass* • Reginald Dwayne Betts • Richard Blanco • Eavan Boland • 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


  • Visit our Accommodations page for information about area hotels, discount rates and hotels offering shuttle service to the Festival
  • Tickets are onsale now
  • Hungry for some local culture? Check out our Get to Know Newark page for local information and attractions, and our Dining page for more information on where to eat during the Festival. 
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