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Oct 18 2018 to Oct 21 2018

17th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival

For the fifth time, the largest poetry event in North America, the 17th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, will return to Newark, New Jersey. For four days, Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will host the Festival, featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Pulitzer Prize-winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo, as well as much-published and award-winning poets Sandra Cisneros, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange, Henri Cole, Gregory Orr, Mary Ruefle, and David Young, will be giving Featured Readings during the Festival and are among the dozens of acclaimed poets who will participate in the four-day event, which takes place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and other venues in Newark’s Downtown Arts District from Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2018.  

And from October 18 through 20, 2018, the Academy of American Poets will present the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Join Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Marie Howe, Brenda Hillman, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, and David St. John for readings and conversations on How to Read a Poem, Poetry and Democracy, Eco Poetry, American Poetries, Poetry and Storytelling, and the Poetic Line.

For passes and more information, visit DodgePoetry.org. Members of the Academy of American Poets receive a 10% discount.

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Admission fee: $70.00
9:30am to 4:00pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center & Newark Downtown Arts District
1 Center Street
07102 Newark, New Jersey
Oct 17 2018

A Reading by Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), were published by Wesleyan University Press. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Armantrout was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Reviewing Partly in The London Review of Books, Stephanie Burt describes Armantrout’s poems like this: “Replete with double and triple meanings, they describe chess moves and human institutions, computer code and dating rituals… Such multiple meanings, which occupy the foreground of her poems, lurk behind all human interactions, casting doubt on everything we intend.” Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The New Anthology of American Poetry (Rutgers), The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (Scribners), and several editions of the yearly anthology, The Best American Poetry (Scribners). Wobble, a new volume of her poetry, is forthcoming from Wesleyan in September of 2018. She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. While at UCSD she co-taught a course called Poetry for Physicists with physicist Brian Keating. She currently lives in the Seattle area.
 
 
6:00pm
Kelly Writers House - Arts Cafe
3805 Locust Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2018

Gennarose Nethercott: The Lumberjack's Dove

Gennarose Nethercott is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other projects include A Ghost of Water (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection Modern Ballads. Her work has appeared in The Offing, Rust & Moth, PANK, and elsewhere, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris. She is currently a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow.
 
 
 
7:00pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
11201 Brooklyn, New York

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Choose any angle you like, she said,
the world is split in two. On one side, health

and dumb good luck (or money, which can pass
for both), and elsewhere . . . well,

they're eight days from the nearest town,
the parents are frightened, they think it's their fault,

the child isn't able to suck. A thing
so
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You know, don't you, what we're doing here?
The evening laid out like a beach ball gone airless. 

We're watching the spectators in the bleachers.
The one in the blue shirt says, "I knew, 

even as a child, that my mind was adding color 
to the moment." 

The one in red says, "In the dream, there was a child
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What is your face?
          A house, of sorts.

What is your foot?
          A chipped stone blade.

What did you dream?
          A rain-washed road.

What did it mean?
          It meant nothing.

What have you learned?