The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown will skip the next Dodge Poetry Festival -- expected to happen in the Fall of 2010 -- as a result of the ongoing economic crisis.
The festival, which is the largest poetry festival in the United States, has meant so much to me as an emerging writer and a poet. I've been attending since my NYU days 1996. Since it happens every two years, the poetry-filled weekend always seems to come along when I need a break from the day to day. Secretly, it's always been my hope that one day I would read at the festival as a "Poet Among Us."
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation does so much for the arts in New Jersey, as well as bringing poetry to high school students. Here's hoping those efforts can continue.
Well, my hope is that the organizers see fit to find a way to make the festival happen. This is a terrible loss for the poetry community. But with the inauguration around the corner, I have hope that Dodge will come back stronger than ever.