DESCRIPTION: The largest poetry festival in North America returns to NJPAC and Newark's Downtown Arts District for four days of poetry readings, performances, discussions and music. The 17th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, featuring over 60 poets and musicians and more than 120 poetry events over four days, will take place at NJPAC as well as historic churches, museums and other venues within easy walking distance. Called "Wordstock" by The New York Times, the four days of the Dodge Poetry Festival's readings, performances and discussions will feature renowned poets including Elizabeth Alexander, President Obama's first inaugural poet; bestselling authors Sandra Cisneros, Claudia Rankine and Sapphire; former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; literary legends Eileen Myles and Ntozake Shange; Pulitzer Prize winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo; and many more.
THEME: Open Mic
HOST: Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
FEATURES: Elizabeth, Sandra Cisneros, Claudia Rankine & Sapphire, Juan Felipe Herrera, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange, Sharon Olds, & Gregory Pardlo