September 24, 2006

Poetry Festivals!

Two poetry festivals coming up in the next few weeks that I will be attending, and if you are in the NJ area, hopefully you'll be able to spend some time there too.

First up is THE festival of poetry festivals. The biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (#11) has been described as four days of "poetry heaven" (though I think it's more of a poetry Woodstock - a gathering of the tribe - especially on day one when it is filled with students).

It's Thursday, September 28 - Sunday, October 1 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ.

Some of the poets who will be there include:

  • Lucille Clifton
  • Billy Collins
  • Linda Pastan
  • Gerald Stern
  • Mark Doty
  • Kurtis Lamkin
  • Coleman Barks
  • Andrew Motion
  • Robert Bly
  • Taslima Nasreen
  • Toi Derricotte
  • Sekou Sundiata
  • Jorie Graham
  • Brian Turner
  • Linda Gregg
  • Ko Un
  • Tony Hoagland
  • Ann Waldman
  • Linda Hogan

The following weekend is the 4th Annual Walt Whitman Poetry Festival.

It's one day, Saturday, October 7, 2006, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey from 9:00AM to 5:30 and it's FREE.

The schedule includes featured poets, workshops, tutorials, panels (including one by editors about getting published) and open readings.

Check out the festival site at Poets Online for more information, directions and information on accomodations and other area attractions.


  1. Is there going to be a Poets Online meetup at either festival?

  2. attended both festivals - the Dodge (Sat & Sunday) was great. Too much to do & hear but wonderfully wordy.

    came back to NJ yesterday for the Whitman but was disappointed. it was a kind of flea market atmosphere in the town and I couldn't get a real schedule for the events all day. you should have let people know that this is a very small event and not something to be said in the same sentence as the dodge event.


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