Historic Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey will be re-opened especially for the audiences of up to 20,000 expected for the 12th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, which will run from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 2008.
Join poets Chris Abani, Coleman Barks, Coral Bracho, Billy Collins, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Linda Pastan, Charles Simic, C. D. Wright, Franz Wright and dozens of other accomplished poets, musicians and storytellers for four days of poetry and music beside the Musconetcong River and among Waterloo Village’s lawns, trees, and landmark historic buildings.
For the complete schedule of readings, talks and other events: http://www.dodgepoetry.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/2008schedule-of-events.pdf
The biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America. This four-day celebration of poetry has been called "poetry heaven" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, "a new Woodstock" by the Christian Science Monitor, and simply "Wordstock" by The New York Times.
The Festival, held in even-numbered years since 1986, immerses audiences and nearly five dozen internationally acclaimed poets in readings and conversations focusing on poetry. Events are held all day and evening in performance tents accommodating anywhere from 100 to 2,000 people. During each day of the Festival, eight or more separate stages offer different activities simultaneously. The most recent Festival, in September of 2006, attracted a total audience of nearly 17,000.
Among the world-renowned poets who have participated in past Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals are Chinua Achebe, Taha Muhammad Ali, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stanley Kunitz, Li-Young Lee, W. S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Octavio Paz, Robert Pinsky, and Adrienne Rich.
An essential component of each Festival is a series of special programs for high school students and for teachers at all levels, elementary through college. More than 4,500 students and 2,000 teachers from throughout the country participate in conversations and readings designed specifically for them during the first two days of the Festival.
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