Friday, June 21, 2024

Embrace the power of poetry with Dodge Poetry this summer!


Learn about the 2024 Dodge Poetry initiative.



Discover new poets, and witness poetry’s power to serve as a catalyst for social change, through an extraordinary lineup of spoken word events at the Arts Center and venues across Newark.

A new year-long collaboration between NJPAC and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the 2024 Dodge Poetry initiative, will spotlight the impact of poetry read aloud.

Each event will feature remarkable poets and verses that illustrate poetry’s capacity to serve as a potent catalyst for social change. Adults and young people alike will have an opportunity to hear, read and write their own poems at these events, which include: Weekly outdoor poetry readings at the Arts Center’s beloved Horizon Sounds of the City summer concert series, Thursday evenings starting June 27; a night with the poets of the famed Nuyorican Poets Café at NJPAC on July 20; and a series of poetry workshops for teens at community centers and other locations across the city lead by Rutgers-Newark Poetry MFA graduate students and alumni.

In October, a year’s worth of exploration into poetry as performance and poetry as activism will culminate in the 20th Dodge Poetry Festival, held on the NJPAC campus and in venues throughout Newark’s downtown. Poets including Joan Baez, Nikki Giovanni, Mahogany Browne, Tyehimba Jess, Claudia RankineSonia Sanchez and more will appear at the festival, which will include exciting performances of poetry combined with R&B, jazz and hip hop, as well as a family-friendly Poetry Fair in Military Park, a Young Artists Day when aspiring writers can interact with their favorite authors, and an opening night open-mic hosted by Newark’s own EvoluCulture. A full schedule of festival events will be released over the summer; tickets for the festival go on sale July 19 at

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 upcoming shows 

Nuyorican Poets Café
@ Dodge Poetry

Sat, Jul 20 @ 7PM
Celebrate Nuyorican Poets Café’s legacy with an electrifying showcase of poets, a slam performance and open mic.

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Meshell Ndegeocello
No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin

Sun, Oct 6 @ 7PM
Experience GRAMMY®-winning composer, bassist and singer Meshell Ndegeocello’s No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin.

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 free events 

Horizon Sounds of the City
Jun 27 – Aug 8 @ 6PM
Our famous FREE outdoor concert series brings residents together on Thursdays in Chambers Plaza outside NJPAC. It’s a dance party with a festival atmosphere — and you’re invited!

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Young Artist Day at Dodge Poetry Festival
Fri, Oct 18 @ 10AM
Young Artist Day introduces teenagers to diverse poets who are using words to effect social change. Special student programming includes readings, conversations, performances and opportunities to engage with poetry legends.


Nuyorican Poets Café, Meshell Ndegeocello and Young Artist Day are part of the Dodge Poetry Series

Single-performance tickets are available online at, 1.888.MY.NJPAC (696.5722) or the NJPAC Box Office, One Center St., Newark. All tickets are subject to a per-ticket handling fee, which varies by performance and method of purchase. The fee for telephone and online orders is always the same. Fees paid at the box office are always the lowest available fee for a performance.

Box Office hours are here.

For groups of 9 or more, find Group Sales here or call 1.888.696.5722, Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

To inquire about ADA services, including wheelchair seating, please call our ticket services department at 1.888.696.5722. Click here to learn more about our accessibility services.

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