October 20-23, 2022

The largest poetry festival in North America returns to NJPAC and Newark’s Downtown Arts District for four days of poetry readings, performances, discussions and music. 

The 19th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, featuring over 60 poets and musicians and more than 120 poetry events over four days, will take place at NJPAC as well as nearby churches, museums and other venues within easy walking distance. 

Called “Wordstock” by The New York Times, the four days of the Dodge Poetry Festival’s readings, performances and discussions will feature bestselling authors; literary legends; National Book Award winners; slam champions; the Academy of American Poets Chancellors; the most recent U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and past Poets Laureate Tracy K. Smith and Natasha Trethewey, who are also Pulitzer Prize winners; as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Natalie Diaz, Forrest Gander, Sharon Olds and Yusef Komunyakaa; and MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius Grant”) recipients Sandra Cisneros and Terrance Hayes; along with Kim Addonizio, Ellen Bass, Jan Beatty, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Marilyn Chin, Henri Cole, Kwame Dawes, Camille T. Dungy, Nikky Finney, Carolyn Forché, Major Jackson, Stephen Kuusisto, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Willie Perdomo, Patrick Rosal, David St. John and Patricia Smith.

Photos:  Former U.S. Poets Laureate Joy Harjo, Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey reading at recent Dodge Poetry Festivals at NJPAC. Photos by T. Charles Erickson.

(Thursday through Sunday, October 20 through 23)

(Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23)

For more information, program details, lodging and other information visit www.DodgePoetry.org