On March 13 and 14, Princeton’s biennial Poetry Festival will feature a line-up of internationally acclaimed poets who will read from their work and participate in panel discussions. This year’s Festival poets include:

 

 

While featured poets come from around the world and write in numerous languages, the readings, discussions and panels will be in English.

The New Jersey State Finals of the national Poetry Out Loud program will kick-off the Festival in Richardson Auditorium on the University campus at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, followed by a gala opening reading at 2:00 p.m. The second day of the festival will begin with a reading at 2:00 p.m. also in Richardson Auditorium. Tickets for the Festival are $15 for each day, $25 for a two-day Festival pass, and free for students. Tickets are available through University Ticketing by calling 609.258.9220 or at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. The New Jersey State Finals of Poetry Out Loud is free, however advance tickets are required and are also available for reservation through University Ticketing.

Festival Schedule

* schedule subject to change

Friday, March 13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Poetry Out Loud

2:00 p.m.
Gala opening reading | Winner and Runner-up in Poetry Out Loud, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Kwame Dawes, Paul Farley, Major Jackson, Kathleen Jamie, Ada Limón, Maureen N. McLane, Valzhyna Mort, Michael Robbins, Tomasz Różycki (Mira Rosenthal, translator), Ocean Vuong, and Ray Young Bear; introduced by Paul Muldoon

3:15 p.m.
Intermission

3:30 p.m.
Panel — The Place of Poetry | Ellen Bryant Voigt, Major Jackson, Valzhyna Mort, Tomasz Różycki (Mira Rosenthal, translator), Ocean Vuong, and Ray Young Bear; moderated by Paul Muldoon

4:45 p.m.
Intermission

5:00 p.m.
Lecture | Maureen N. McLane on “Compositionism: Plants, Poetics, Possibilities”; introduced by Susan Wheeler

8:00 p.m.
Reading | Kwame Dawes, Paul Farley, Ada Limón, and Michael Robbins; introduced by Michael Dickman

Saturday, March 14

2:00 p.m.
Reading | Kathleen Jamie, Maureen N. McLane, Tomasz Różycki (Mira Rosenthal, translator), and Ocean Vuong; introduced by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

3:15 p.m.
Intermission

3:30 p.m.
Panel — The Place of Poetry | Kwame Dawes, Paul Farley, Kathleen Jamie, Ada Limón, Maureen N. McLane, and Michael Robbins; moderated by Paul Muldoon

4:45 p.m.
Intermission

5:00 p.m.
Reading | Ellen Bryant Voigt, Major Jackson, Valzhyna Mort, and Ray Young Bear; introduced by Tracy K. Smith

Accessibility

Richardson Auditorium is an accessible venue, however patrons are encouraged to contact the Lewis Center or University Ticketing with any questions or specific needs. Assistive listening devices will be available upon request and large print programs will be provided. Patrons in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609.258.5262 or LewisCtr-Comm@princeton.edu for assistance at least three weeks prior to the Festival.

Directions & Parking

Free parking is available in University Lot 21 & 23 (visitor parking). | Princeton University Parking Map

TigerTransit shuttle will frequently pick up and drop-off visitors between Lots 21 & 23 and Richardson Auditorium.

Metered parking is available in University Lot 20 or on the streets in the Princeton Borough.

Hourly rate public parking is available in parking garages on Spring Street or on Hulfish Street and Chamber Street surrounding Palmer Square in Princeton. | Downtown Princeton Parking Map

 

Photos from 2013 Princeton Poetry Festival

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Event Information

Richardson Auditorium

New Jersey State Finals of Poetry Out Loud kick-off the festival
March 13 • 10:00 am

Event Times

  • Fri, Mar 13, 2015 · 2:00 pm Cal
  • Sat, Mar 14, 2015 · 2:00 pm Cal

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