Poetry Friday: Behind the Bricks in Brick City

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Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

As we move forward in planning the 2012 Festival in Newark, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek into some of the beautiful places our readings and discussions will take place.  The sites that host Festival events are far from ordinary.  The cultural, historic or artistic significance of each venue make an important contribution to the atmosphere of the Festival.



The incredible woodwork and architecture of First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, dating back to 1890, are enough to take your breath away.

The Newark Museum’s sculpture garden is a plush and inspiring stop along the way into the Museum.

Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral, with a history dating back to 1729, is warm and welcoming.

The exhibitions at Aljira represent both emerging artists and more established artists, and bridge racial, cultural and ethnic divides.

The exhibitions at the NJ Historical Society help us interpret and understand our past.

We are still working on confirming additional locations for the 2012 Festival.  We’ll keep you posted as we do.

Poetry Fridays will be on holiday break until 2012.  The staff of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program wishes you a lovely holiday season filled with poems.

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3 Responses to Poetry Friday: Behind the Bricks in Brick City

  1. kathryn frey says:

    Any chance of sneaking something across the Hudson into Manhattan?

  2. Michele Russo says:

    As a program of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation–which is focused on New Jersey– the Dodge Poetry Festival has always been a NJ-based event. It is incredibly easy to get to Newark from NY Penn Station or the PATH. We hope you’ll join us!

  3. Beth Miller says:

    By chance, through Netflix, I came upon the Bill Moyers PBS series called The Language of Life. I was thrilled to view several shows featuring the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s poetry reading gatherings in Waterloo, NJ. I would like to attend the next one…Could you send me information about dates, costs, and the poets who will be featured in 2012? Thank you for hosting such meaningful and glorious gatherings…
    Beth Miller

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