Here’s information about an event called the Delaware Valley Poetry Festival, which I coordinate. I’ll soon be adding samples of poetry by this year’s featured poets.

The future is now — and it will last two days. The 11th annual Delaware Valley Poetry Festival — featuring nine outstanding younger poets — will be held Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, as the event is presented in two parts at two different venues for the very first time.

Poets Peter Covino, Janet Foxman, Khalil Murrell and Metta Sama.will read from their works on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the historic Prallsville Mills along the Delaware River in Stockton, N.J. Poets Matthew Siegel, Lonnie Manns, Jose Rodriguez, Michelle Lerner and Brian Trimboli will read from their works on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Book Garden store, 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, N.J.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. Seating is limited at both venues and admission will be first-come, first-served.

All nine poets were invited to participate in this year’s Delaware Valley Poetry Festival after they were recommended by poets who were featured at two recent festivals — former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Paterson Literary Review founding editor Maria Mazzioti Gillan.  In addition to Gillan and Pinsky, the Delaware Valley Poetry Festival has featured an impressive array of America’s top poets, including Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Muldoon and Louise Gluck, National Book Award winner Gerald Stern, and prize-winning poets Thomas Lux, Diane Wakoski and Stephen Dobyns. The festival has also hosted a number of outstanding poets from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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