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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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Director Neil Burger discusses craft at WAMFest

“Limitless” is the title of the 2011 movie that was screened and discussed on the first day of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s fifth annual WAMFest, Wednesday. And it is also a word that describes the festival’s approach to programming. The festival’s name is derived from “Words and Music,” and Wesley Stace, who has a foot in both words (he writes novels under that name, and makes music as John Wesley Harding), serves as its genial host. Most of its offerings, over the years, have had something to do with the ways in which the worlds of words and music intersect. But not all of them. Continue Reading →

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