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Dodge Poetry Festival: A multitude of masters

“I don’t consider a poem done until this happens,” said Richard Blanco, Thursday, making a vague gesture with his hands to signify the “this,” but clearly meaning: until the poem is read in a public setting. Until the words travel from his mouth to the ears of living, breathing poetry lovers, listening attentively. There will be a whole lot of “this” happening through Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and other Newark venues, as the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival — a biennial event that constitutes the largest poetry event in North America — completes its four-day run. For all the festival information, visit Thursday’s events started out with something akin to a musical jam session: A “Poetry Sampler” at NJPAC’s largest performance space, Prudential Hall. Continue Reading →

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Dodge Poetry Festival: What you need to know

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The largest poetry event in North America, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, takes place at NJPAC and other Newark venues this week, Thursday through Sunday, with 70 writers reading and talking about poetry. For all the information, visit But here are some facts, to give you a quick overview. 1. This is the 15th Dodge Poetry Festival. Continue Reading →

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Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival announces lineup

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival will offer the most expansive lineup in its history when it takes place Oct. 23-26 in Newark. Seventy poets will perform at the 15th edition of this festival, which takes place biennially, and is the largest poetry event in North America. Participants will include former U.S. Poet Laureates Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky; Pulitzer Prize winners Sharon Olds, Claudia Emerson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tracy K. Smith and Gary Snyder; Richard Blanco, the official poet of President Obama’s second inauguration; New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe; and Aja Monet, who, at 19, became the youngest person ever to win the Nuyorican Poets Café grand slam champion title, in 2007. The festival takes place in partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the city of Newark, and takes place at NJPAC and other Newark venues. Continue Reading →

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