The Dodge Poetry Festival is just two weeks away. This is the preeminent poetry event in the U.S. and was featured on Bill Moyers PBS series "Fooling with Words" some years back. This is a great event for anyone who loves words. My wife and I have attended a number of these festivals (Hearing Coleman Barks and Robert Bly perform the poetry of Rumi is one of the highlights of my life). This year's line up features readings by 70 poets including local writer Jan Beatty, the always entertaining Billy Collins, Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky. In addition to the readings there are many workshops for writers of all levels, storytelling, musical performances and a great selection of books for sale. This years festival will be held in Newark, New Jersey (Proof that art can happen anywhere). For more information go to http://www.dodgepoetry.org/ If you can make the festival it is well worth your time.
Thanks for reading.
Jim Busch for the LVW