Poetry Fridays: The 2010 Festival Poets

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Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Starting next week and continuing into October, we’ll be using the Poetry Fridays blog to introduce the poets participating in the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival.  Each post will feature brief profiles of one or more poets, with links to poems, videos, interviews, podcast, bios and anything else of interest we might find in our research.

More importantly, we invite you to join in the process of building these profiles by using the Comments section of each blog to link us to items of interest you might discover about these poets.  Teachers, especially those bringing students to the Festival, can make such contributions part of a research assignment.  In this way, together we can build our own mini-wiki-encyclopedia on the 2010 Festival Poets.

The late Stanley Kunitz once commented on the Festival’s great democratic spirit.  He was referring, in part, to its long tradition of having an amazingly broad, deep and diverse line-up.  The 2010 Festival continues that tradition.  So far, the poets who have agreed to participate include:

Amiri Baraka
Michael Dickman Dunya Mikhail
Hadara Bar-Nadav Rita Dove Joseph Millar
Marjorie Barnes Martín Espada Malena Mörling
Tara Betts Santee Frazier Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Jericho Brown Rigoberto González Sharon Olds
Teresa Carson Kathy Graber Marie Ponsot
Michael Cirelli Penny Harter Claudia Rankine
Billy Collins Bob Hicok Kay Ryan
Kyle Dargan Tyehimba Jess Margo Taft Stever
Kwame Dawes Galway Kinnell Mark Strand
Oliver de la Paz Dorianne Laux Jerry Williams
Matthew Dickman Laura McCullough


Be sure to follow us in the weeks ahead as new names are added to this list, and to meet the 2010 Festival Poets.

You can always view video clips of readings from past Dodge Poetry Festivals on our YouTube channel.

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