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Giving Voice to Poetry Since 1986

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America with audiences of more than 16,000 for four days of readings, performances, and conversations, returns to Newark for the fourth time.

Called “Wordstock” by The New York Times, the Festival’s audiences at NJPAC and throughout Newark’s Downtown Arts District will hear performances from and interact with dozens of the world’s foremost poets with an extraordinarily wide range of backgrounds and styles, from Poets Laureate to slam champions.

During the Festival multiple poetry events occur simultaneously throughout each day and feature more than five dozen poets, musicians, and storytellers, including four U.S. Poets Laureate: the current Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as past laureates Billy Collins, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan.

Now Accepting Submissions for DPF20!

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Greening the Dodge Poetry Festival 2018


This fall, from October 18 – 21, Clean Water Action is partnering with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America, to ReThink Disposable. For four days, Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated and diverse poets and spoken word artists.

Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund's ReThink Disposable "Green Team" will be on site to reduce single-use disposable waste: products like disposable plastic cups, plates, cutlery, foam containers, and more), as well as educating event-goers (15,000 in a four day period) on the importance of using reusables and reducing waste... [Read More]

Join the Volunteer Green Team!

Fill out your information by contacting Maura Toomey at mtoomey@cleanwater.org