Thursday, June 7, 2018


60+ POETS   |   9 STAGES   |   4 DAYS

Here's all the information you need to be part of #DPF18!
First of all...

  • Do you have your tickets? Weekend and Four-Day Passes are on sale now! Get 'em while they're hot!

Are you a...

  • Teacher? Thursday is Teacher Day, and as always, you can get a discounted rate on all regular tickets on our ticket page.
  • College Student? Good news! $10 tickets are available just for you!
  • Newark Resident? Enjoy a 50% discount on tickets.
  • Student? We've got 50% off for you.
  • Senior Citizen? We've got discounts for you too!

Coming from out of town? You may need...

  • A hotel. We've got special hotel rates for you, but book soon! Blocks are filling up.
  • A train ticket. Get your $10.50 round-trip NJ TRANSIT tickets to Newark Penn, from any NJ TRANSIT station.
  • A ride. Get $5 off of LYFT rides with the code NJPAC.
  • Parking. Get discounted rates right near NJPAC for single-day parking when you buy in advance. (Weekend & Four-Day parking passes coming soon!)

What's exciting this year?

  • We will host The Academy of American Poets' Poets Forum
  • For the first time, we welcome Krista Tippett, host of NPR's "On Being" to join in conversation with Festival Poets onstage
  • The first reading by the winners of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, given to support emerging poets by the Poetry Foundation
  • Our Festival footprint has expanded to include the newly-renovated, historical Hahne & Co. building
  • A wide offering of readings, performances and discussions with this awesome list of poets:

Elizabeth Alexander* | Francisco Aragón  | Renée Ashley
Ellen Bass*  | Jan Beatty | William Brewer  | Jericho Brown
Tina Chang
| Cortney Lamar Charleston  |  Marilyn Chin*
Sandra Cisneros | Henri Cole  | Aaron Coleman  | Kwame Dawes* William Evans | Naomi Extra  | Forrest Gander* | Ross Gay
Maria Mazziotti Gillan | Rigoberto González  | Linda Gregerson*
Terrance Hayes* | Juan Felipe Herrera  | Brenda Hillman*
David Hinton
| Nicole Homer | Marie Howe*  | Rob Hylton
Joy Ladin
| Joseph O. Legaspi  | Raymond Luczak  | Khaled Mattawa
Peter E. Murphy  | Eileen Myles  |  Marilyn Nelson*
Aimee Nezhukumatathil  | Hieu Minh Nguyen  | Sharon Olds
Gregory Orr | Alicia Ostriker* | Gregory Pardlo  | Kevin Pilkington
Khadijah QueenNancy Reddy  |  Alberto Ríos*  | Mary Ruefle
Christine Salvatore  | Sapphire  | Nicole Sealey  | Ntozake Shange
Danez Smith  | David St. John*  | J.C. Todd | BJ Ward  | Rachel Wiley
Jenny Xie | David Young

* Academy of American Poets Chancellor
Full poet list subject to changes and additions
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