The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) are accepting submissions from poets interested in participating in the 20th Dodge Poetry Festival to be held Oct 17 – 19, 2024, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ.
This nationally-recognized opportunity is open to all poets who use their work to challenge and reframe existing narratives and norms including artists who practice spoken word, slam, performance and avant-garde poetry. The deadline to apply is April 15. To apply click here.
If an ADA application accommodation is required please reach out to DodgePoetry@njpac.org.
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel looking for poets who demonstrate a connection with the festival’s themes and communities; an ability to deeply engage audiences and strengthen the meaning of their poetry through live performance and/or reading aloud; and work that takes leaps and asks courageous questions.
Those selected to participate will have the opportunity to join other poets and artists in the festival’s momentous meeting of ideas and have their voices amplified to new audiences. All poets involved will have their books included at the Dodge Poetry festival book fair and will receive an honorarium of $350 per day and coverage of travel expenses.
Updates or changes are unable to be made once an application is submitted. All applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2024. Please note: we are unable to accept print and hard copy materials. By submitting electronically, applicants are confirming that all submitted works are original and that they are the sole author.
The Dodge Poetry festival is designed to build a community of poets and citizens mobilizing for racial and social justice, repair and healing. This marks the first year of an expanded partnership between the Dodge Foundation, a private foundation that supports organizations working towards a just and equitable New Jersey, and NJPAC, Newark and New Jersey’s anchor cultural institution that enhances lives through world-class performances, education programs and community engagement. Dodge Poetry is moving beyond its biennial poetry festival to include poetry programs in Newark throughout the year.
We can’t wait to hear from you and read your work!