Events

princeton poetry festival lettersThe biennial Princeton Poetry Festival, organized by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, returns in-person with a full day of readings, panel discussions and a lecture featuring poets from around the world.

Featured Guest Poets:

  • Polina Barskova (Russia)
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts (US)
  • Victoria Chang (US)
  • Sasha Dugdale (UK)
  • Laura Kasischke (US)
  • Daljit Nagra (UK)
  • Patricia Smith (US)
  • Javier Zamora (El Salvador)

Festival Schedule

10:30 AMGala Opening Reading
Introduction by Paul Muldoon; reading by Polina Barskova, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Victoria Chang, Sasha Dugdale, Laura Kasischke, Daljit Nagra, Patricia Smith, and Javier Zamora

11:05 AM — Intermission

11:15 AMPanel: “Poetry and Purpose (1)” moderated by Paul Muldoon featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts, Victoria Chang, Daljit Nagra and Javier Zamora

12:05 PM — Intermission

12:15 PM — Reading by Polina Barskova, Sasha Dugdale, Laura Kasischke and Patricia Smith with introduction by Michael Dickman

1:30 PM — Lunchtime Intermission

2:15 PM — Lecture by Sasha Dugdale on “Contemporary Russian Poetry” with introduction by Olga Hasty

3:05 PM — Intermission

3:15 PMPanel: “Poetry and Purpose (2)” moderated by Paul Muldoon with Polina Barskova, Sasha Dugdale, Laura Kasischke and Patricia Smith

4:05 PM — Intermission

4:15-5:30 PMReading by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Victoria Chang, Daljit Nagra and Javier Zamora with introduction by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Festival Details + Tickets

The festival events are free and open to the public. Tickets required; ticket reservations will be available soon.

Accessibility

Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations, including Berlind Theatre. Attendees in need of access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week in advance of the event date.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to wear a mask when indoors and to show proof of vaccination at the door; currently children under 12 are not permitted in campus buildings as they are not currently able to be vaccinated.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts