Philip Roth noted that “American writers leave where they come from and write about it for the rest of their lives.” This was Roth: relentlessly mining his Newark childhood to fuel his fiction. This showcase features contemporary Newark-based storytellers sharing original work that’s as dynamic and distinct as the City’s five wards. The teenage authors of the Festival’s “Your Newark Story” citywide writing contest will also read their winning pieces aloud. Join us as we celebrate the creative voices of a city that has been telling its own story for generations.

Participants include playwrights Chisa Hutchinson, Richard Wesley, poets Jasmine Mans and Dimitri Reyes and author Mikki Taylor.


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