The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

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 31st 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 historic 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 renowned poets including Elizabeth Alexander, President Obama’s first inaugural poet; bestselling authors Sandra Cisneros and Sapphire; former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; literary legends Eileen Myles and Ntozake Shange ; Pulitzer Prize winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo; and many more; including Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Marilyn Chin, Henri Cole, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Brenda Hillman, David Hinton, Marie Howe, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Gregory Orr, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, Mary Ruefle, David St. John, and David Young, among others.

For a full schedule of events at the Dodge Poetry Festival, click here.

Or, get the Dodge Poetry Festival app for your mobile device at the Apple Store or Google Play.



Passes purchased after October will be held at the NJPAC box office for pickup.

All seats in all venues are general admission.  There are no reserved seats.

Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21)
Includes access to all Festival events on Saturday and Sunday. 

General                                                          $70.00

Seniors/Teachers with ID*                              $63.00

Students/Newark Residents/50% discount*   $35.00



Four Day Pass (Thursday through Sunday, October 18 through 21)  
Includes access to all Festival events, all days. 

General                                                            $110.00

Senior/Teachers with ID*                                  $99.00

Students/Newark Residents/50% discount*     $55.00



Single Day Tickets: Scroll down to the bottom of this page to purchase Single Day admission tickets.

NJ TRANSIT is making public transportation more affordable for festival-goers by offering $10.50 ticket vouchers for festival participants for a round-trip ticket from any NJ TRANSIT rail station to Newark Penn Station or Newark Broad Street Station. The voucher will also be honored on the Newark Light Rail once riders arrive in Newark. NJ Transit Ticket Vouchers are available for purchase at the NJPAC box office after Oct. 3rd.

Four Day and Weekend Parking pass allow unlimited access and re-entry. Re-entry is not allowed for daily parking passes.

Click here to purchase a Weekend Parking Pass

Click here to purchase a Four Day Pass

Click here to purchase a daily parking pass for Thu, Oct 18

Click here to purchase a daily parking pass for Fri, Oct 19

Click here to purchase a daily parking pass for Sat, Oct 20

Click here to purchase a daily parking pass for Sun, Oct 21

For more information on program details, lodging and more, visit

*Seniors are age 62 and up.  Teachers must have a valid Faculty ID.  Students must have a valid college, high school, or middle school Student ID.