Every since the announcement came early in 2009 that the Geraldine R Dodge foundation had to cancel its biennial poetry festival and there would not be a Dodge in 2010, I've been in denial. I've been like a toddler with my fingers in my ears. (La, la, la I can't hear you.) That's because after experiencing the magic of Dodge in 2004 and 2006, and having to miss 2008 (darn you, family obligations!), I had pledged that I would be there in 2010.
In my heart of hearts, I believed there had to be a way to make Dodge happen. And today, I saw this: Dodge is coming back for 2010 and in Newark NJ. They haven't announced dates yet, but I will move heaven and earth to be there.
If you haven't heard of the Dodge poetry Festival, take a look at their website--they have the past program and videos of past festival events. Bill Moyers once described it as Woodstock for poets.
I've also blogged about my past festivals.
If you are a poet, go. If you are a writer, go. If you are a lover of words, go. The festival is a multi-day immersion into the magic of words, poetry, and poets. I am so thrilled that it can be part of my life again.