What is the common goal of the Dodge Poetry Program? That participants will make a space for poetry in their lives despite hectic schedules, deadlines and routines – the types of things that aren’t exactly poetic. Our hope is that by interacting with poetry on a personal level — whether you are a student at a mini-festival, a poetry lover at the Festival, or a teacher participating in Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain – that poetry will become a part of your life.
With the Dodge Poetry website redesign in the works, we would like to help you to create a space for poetry by taking advantage of everything the poetry community in New Jersey has to offer. We are compiling a Resource Page full of ways in which you can get a little (or a lot, if you please) more poetry into your schedule any day you choose, be it by joining a writing group, attending a poetry reading, or visiting a historical landmark from New Jersey’s rich poetic past.
We invite you to share with us and others your favorite poetry resources in the comment section below. They can be websites with calendars, blogs, and other informational sites that we will consider including in our Resource Page. We are not able to feature the writing of individual poets – this is more about exploring ways of bringing the community together. While we will not be creating our own calendar of New Jersey poetry events, one can be found at the Passaic County Community College Poetry Center website. You can also get informed of local readings right in your email inbox by joining the PoetryNJ Listserv. For poetry groups throughout the state, you can find a comprehensive list here via NJ.com and for the history of, poems about, publications in New Jersey and more, visit the Academy of American Poets New Jersey State Page. And for more information on printed resources through the Dodge Poetry Program, see our Educational Materials page.
Did you know that the Dodge Poetry Program has a YouTube channel? Take a look – view video clips from past biennial Festivals! You can also join the conversation on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @dodgepoetryfest. See you there!