NJPAC will offer an array of online poetry events, for teens and adults, this fall

Newark poetry classes

Evan Cutts and Attorius Renee Augustin will lead online poetry workshops presented by the City Verses program this fall.

This year’s edition of the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival — the biggest poetry event in North America, which had been scheduled to take place at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and other Newark venues in October — has been changed to an online-only event, from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1. The schedule is not available yet but when it is, it will be posted at dodgepoetry.org.

In the meantime, though, teens 13-17 who are interested in poetry can take advantage of free online workshops that will be offered by NJPAC’s City Verses program, Oct. 7 and 21. Poets Evan Cutts and Attorius Renee Augustin, who are both affiliated with Rutgers-Newark, will lead participants in talking about poetry and using jazz as inspiration when writing. The workshops will be at 3 p.m., with the opportunity to share poetry in an online open-mic at 4 p.m. No experience is necessary.

Cutts and Augustin will also offer similar workshops for adults, 18 and older, Nov. 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. (No experience necessary). And Cutts, Augustin and City Verses artistic director Mark Gross will co-curate “Poetry Meets Jazz” virtual performances Oct. 28 and Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

City Verses is a program, co-founded by NJPAC and Rutgers-Newark, that explores the connection between poetry and jazz. For information, visit njpac.org/series/city-verses.


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