February 2, 2010

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 2010

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival festival will be held this year in Newark, New Jersey, beginning on Thursday evening, October 7th and ending Sunday afternoon, October 10th.

Considering that a year ago it seemed that there would be no festival, the news is encouraging to the poetry community in and beyond NJ.

Tickets will go on sale in April, National Poetry Month. Information about all aspects of the Festival will be available and continuously updated over the next several months. For continuing information, check on the festival website and follow the festival on Twitter.

The new incarnation of the festival includes a new financial model with the principal funding and artistic direction coming from the Dodge Foundation, but with other sponsors (such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and The City of Newark) also supporting the event.

Also, a Friends of the Festival effort has been created for individuals to donate in order to continue the Foundation's work with poets, teachers and students through the Dodge Poetry Festival. (All Friends of the Festival will be acknowledged in the Festival Program, and those who are able to donate $100 or more will receive a card entitling them to a 10% discount on Festival merchandise.)

Having attended all but one of the festivals, and having volunteered at the last five, I would love to see the Foundation make a greater effort to use the many "Dodgers" who have benefited from the poetry program as students, teachers, writers and readers and who would be willing to volunteer to help.

Robert Hass at the 2008 Festival

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