Diane Lockward has been organizing a poetry festival that is a "Celebration of New Jersey's Literary Journals (and Some Neighbors)" since 2004. (Here's a funny NY Times take on that first one.)
I guess folks outside NJ don't realize that there's a LOT of poetry happening here. After all, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (the Big Kahuna of poetry festivals) is here, and the Dodge supports many other poetry efforts in the state.
This day of poetry spotlights New Jersey publications devoted to poetry and brings editors out to meet the people who are submitting poems. There are also very fast paced readings going on all afternoon.
Check out Diane's own poetry site for the full list of poets, journals and editors.
Here's a look at last year's event -
Sunday, June 1, 2008
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
at the West Caldwell Public Library
30 Clinton Rd.
West Caldwell, New Jersey
call for info: 973-226-5441
click for directions