Star-Studded Poetry Sampler Night To Kick Off Dodge Festival

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NEWARK—On Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Dodge Foundation and the City of Newark will present an unprecedented opening night Poetry Sampler to kick off the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.

The evening will feature consecutive readings from a star-studded, Pulitzer Prize-winning roster of 24 poets including Galway Kinnell, Amiri Baraka, Martín Espada, Sharon Olds, and former U.S. Poets Laureate Kay Ryan, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Mark Strand. Poets Kwame Dawes, Bob Hicok, Dorianne Laux, Dunya Mikhail, Joseph Millar, Nancy Morejón, Marie Ponsot, and Claudia Rankine make their Dodge Poetry debuts on opening night. All poets participating in the Poetry Sampler will also be participating in numerous poetry events throughout the Festival’s subsequent days of excitement from Oct. 7-10.

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The festival extends over four days and includes readings, discussions, and conversations with dozens of internationally and nationally renowned poets and is expected to attract audiences of more than 20,000 from across the country to the festival’s Poetry Village established in the Heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts District.

Tickets for Opening Night are $25 General Admission; $22 for Seniors/Teachers with ID; and $12.50 for Students with ID. They can be purchased by phone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC, in person at the box-office at One Center Street (open Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.), or online at www.njpac.org). Information and program updates about the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival will be available at www.DodgePoetry.org.


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