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Dawn Marar
· February 16, 2018
This will be my 3rd Dodge. There's always a good range of poets, thought-provoking discussion; and fine readings. It's well organized; and all venues are convenient to each other. Who else is going?
Dena Langdon
· October 21, 2017
This is the most wonderful gathering of poets I have ever attended. Have been going back ever since my first experience.
Rick Pernod
· October 27, 2014
Martin and his staff did a terrific job on this year's festival. Great programming and line-up, especially Saturday night, which honored America's vets--"A Different Kind of Courage."

What was truly... disappointing was the totally empty seats to my left in the hall. After Yusef Komunyakaa finished his fine feature, there was a mass exodus before the final portion of the program, when the vets were to read their work. Every major poet left. Ironically, I listened to many of these poets talk about social consciousness and how the community of poets stands together to effect change. Yet they left. Ironically, the predominant theme of the vets work spoke to the lack of "listening" our country does in regard to their struggles. It does not take much of an effort to respect these fine men and women. I am glad I stayed because it was even more eye-opening than I thought it would be--terrific yet heartbreaking. Important. Essential.

Kudos to the great Dodge staff and Foundation. They did a great job as usual, and of course I thank them from the bottom of my heart, regardless of the disappointing behavior of some.
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John Linstrom
· October 26, 2014
Most moving poetry experience of my life happened today. Thank you so much, to all the organizers and all the poets, for everything you do. We need more of these kinds of events in this country, and... it's wonderful to know that it's happening in Newark. See More
Teresa Bennett Gibbons
· October 22, 2016
My students and I enjoyed the events we attended on Friday. We especially loved the smaller venue at the Baptist church. The poets were personal and inspirational.
Brendan Constantine
· October 23, 2014
This is an amazing event! As a festival poet, I'm a kid in a candy store! The readings and discussions are wondrous and the family of staff are truly dedicated ! GO, DODGE!
Tom Werder
· October 18, 2016
The Woodstock of Poetry ... this is a world-class event for all!
Gail Mitchell
· May 4, 2017
The very best event in America! Go! Take a friend, family member!
Michael O Bradley
· September 14, 2016
Great Site and page for Poets to take part in .. Good outreach. for the people.
John M Abeigon HD
· October 22, 2016
Fitting because the Mayor of this City is a Poet.
Sonia N. Cintron
· October 25, 2014
Prepare to be enlightened by some of the best poets known for their diverse, vibrant and artistic writings...Brilliant!
Glenda Cain Behm
· September 20, 2013
Such an enriching experience!

New Jersey Teachers, we've teamed up with National Council of Teachers of English to present Nothing to Prove, Nothing to Lose to share our approach to introducing students to poetry on March 10th in Morristown. It's free, and you can earn 3 hours of Professional Development. Register today, as spots are filling quickly!

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What keeps people from embracing poetry? Were they taught it in a way that made it seem an intellectual puzzle they weren’t smart enough to solve? Did the poetry they were exposed to seem irrelevant to their lives? The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program will share an approach for engaging newcomers...

As you may already know, our Spring & Fountain program will look a little different this year. It is important to us to always be growing, changing, evaluating and working to meet the needs of New Jersey teachers. Read more about our refresh and some exciting events we have planned for you this spring, in today's blog.


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? This Sunday, January 28th at 3:00pm at Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center - MPAC, enjoy the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Winter Festival, featuring a poetry reading by Maria Gillan and Patrick Rosal.

Vote to help our friends at Warrior Writers who have been selected to participate in the 2018 Year of Giving Campaign, and they need your help! Warrior Writers has the chance to win a $10,000 grant from Sugarlands Distilling Co. Every 10 days in January, the organizations with the most votes advance to the next round, so please vote for them so they can advance to Round 1. Voting ends this Wednesday, January 10th.

Here's to our next 10 years!

Making plans and getting organized for your 2018? Reserve October 18-21 for poetry! We hope you'll join us as #DPF18 returns to Newark, NJ! You can find hotel deals, featured poets and more details on our website.

The largest poetry event in North America returns to Newark, NJ this October!

Dodge Poetry Director Martin Farawell shares his experience of the Poetry Coalition meeting in Tucson's beautiful University of Arizona Poetry Center last weekend. The Coalition is working together to create poetry events across the country that are focused on Poetry & the Body.

Imagine walking into an airy, beautiful, contemporary building with 50,000 poetry books, one of the largest audio and video archives of poetry in the word, a small theater for readings, spaces dedi…

Don't miss this reading by Emari DiGiorgio tonight at William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts in Rutherford!

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University of Arizona Poetry Center

What an incredible weekend with these leaders in Arizona for the 2017 convening of the #poetrycoalition! The coalition is a group of America's leading poetry o...rganizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture. Stay tuned for national programming and initiatives scheduled for March 2018. Special thanks to Jack Jones Literary Arts for expert help with publicity and promotion. The founding members of the Poetry Coalition include: The Academy of American Poets, National Student Poets Program, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Beyond Baroque, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Letras Latinas, Mass Poetry, O, Miami Poetry Festival; The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University; Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine; The Poetry Project; Poetry Society of America; Poets House; Split This Rock; Urban Word NYC; Wick Poetry Center; Woodland Pattern and the UA Poetry Center.

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Don't forget to join us to celebrate Warrior Writers NJ this Thursday night!

Join us for a Warrior Writers NJ book party and reading from "Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ" on Nov. 16 at 7 pm at the Dodge Foundation offices.

These writings by military veterans and family members explore the haunting turmoil of surviving battle zones, loss of friends and sometimes faith, and enduring anguish on the home front. The collection celebrates the stirring sparks of life energy in addressing such experiences through creative writing.

This is a free event, open to the public.

Are you at the NJEA Convention today? Stop by Booth 2102 and take a selfie with Edgar and Emily, pick up some poetry swag, and say hello to Martin, Ysabel and Victoria! Learn more about #DPF18 and explore our educational opportunities for teachers and students. #NJEAConvention

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