Warren County Poetry Festival
Festival 2005
Festival Information





Hayden Carruth was born on August 3, 1921, in Waterbury, Connecticut, and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago. For many years, Carruth lived in northern Vermont. He now lives in upstate New York, where until recently he taught in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.  Hayden Carruth has published more than thirty books, including Collected Shorter Poems 1946-1991 (which won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award); Doctor Jazz: Poems 1996-2000 (2001); Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essays (1998); and Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey (1996), recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry. He has been editor of Poetry and poetry editor of Harper's. Noted for the breadth of his linguistic and formal resources, influenced by jazz and the blues, Mr. Carruth is the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 1995 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He has also been presented with the Lenore Marshall Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Vermont Governor's Medal, and the Ruth Lilly Prize, among others. He has been editor of Poetry, poetry editor of Harper's, and, for 20 years, an advisory editor of The Hudson Review. Carruth has received fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 1995 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He has been presented with the Lenore Marshall Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Vermont Governor's Medal, the Carl Sandburg Award, the Whiting Award, and the Ruth Lilly Prize, among many others. His most recent book, Letters to Jane, collects his faithful correspondence to his friend, Jane Kenyon, during the final year of her life.
more at http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/232

Jean Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her most recent collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 - 2003, is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
Jean has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Maurice English Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, and The Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000.
She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
more at http://www.jeanvalentine.com


Adrian C. Louis is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian Tribe. Louis has written eleven full-length books of poems, most recently EVIL CORN. He has also authored two works of fiction: SKINS, a novel, and WILD INDIANS & OTHER CREATURES, stories. SKINS was filmed in South Dakota and had its national theatrical release in 2002. Mr. Louis has won numerous awards including a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation. A native of Nevada, he taught for many years at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Since 1999, he has been an English professor in the Minnesota State University system. In 1999 he was elected to the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame.
more at http://www.adrian-c-louis.com


Gerald Stern is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Award for This Time: New and Selected Poems; the Lamont Prize; fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Ruth Lilly Prize. He taught at many universities, including Columbia University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Pittsburgh. Until his retirement in 1995, Stern taught at the Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City. His most recent books are Everything is Burning (2005), Not God After All (2004), What I Can’t Bear Losing: Notes from a Life (2004), and American Sonnets (2002). He served as New Jersey’s first Poet Laureate and lives in Lambertville.



Joe-Anne McLaughlin’s first collection of poetry, The Banshee Diaries, was published in 1998. She has taught in the undergraduate writing program at Syracuse University, in the creative writing program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and presented poetry workshops to elementary and secondary students. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Syracuse University and her poetry has been published widely in literary journals and magazines such as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review and Southern Poetry Review. Her poem, “Ancient Francesca,” appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology VIII. Ms. McLaughlin's second book of poetry is JAM. She is married to poet Hayden Carruth. Her poem, “Ancient Francesca,” was awarded a Pushcart Prize. Ms. McLaughlin's second book of poetry is JAM.

Peter E. Murphy is the founder and director of the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. Peter was the first recipient of the Robert Hayden Fellowhip at the Louhelen Bahá’í School and has published poems and essays in The American Book Review, The Atlanta Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Yellow Silk, Witness, and The Shakespeare Quarterly. He has received four Poetry Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received four Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Peter Murphy's collection of poems, Stubborn Child, is from Jane Street Press.

Priscilla Orr’s work has appeared in Southern Poetry Review and Nimrod International Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Fiction. A graduate of the University of Montana, she also holds an M.A. from Columbia Teachers College and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. A recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship, she teaches at Sussex County Community College.Her first book of poems, Jugglers and Tides, was published in 1997.

Edwin Romond is the author of Home Fire (1993) and Dream Teaching (2005). His poems have appeared in The Sun, Barrow Street, and New Letters. Before retiring in 2003, he was a public school educator for 32 years, during which he received the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award and the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition Award. Romond continues his involvement with education by presenting his program, Teaching Life, at faculty in-services and by giving poetry readings at area high schools. In addition, Romond is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet and leads Spring and Fountain workshops for teachers as well as serving on staff at the bi-annual Dodge Poetry Festivals.His work was recently read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio.

Crystal Bacon is a 1995 graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and a 1998 recipient of a New Jersey State Council of the Arts grant.  As a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation poet, she has led Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain seminars for teachers in southern New Jersey.  Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the United States and Canada, including The Ontario Review, Tampa Review, Cortland Review, Marlboro Review, and Antigonish Review as well as the anthology Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City.  Her book, Elegy witha Whiskey Glass, was published in 2004 by BOA. She serves as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Warren County Community College.

John Bargowski received the 1999 Theodore Roethke Prize and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Poet Lore among others. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Poet Lore. He teaches lives in Warren County and teaches at East Stroudsburg University.

Gretna Wilkinson was born and raised in Guyana, South America. As a Guyanese African American, she specializes in African-American Literature and wrote her dissertation on the works of Gwendolyn Brooks. A former professor in the English Department at County College of Morris, she now heads the Creative Writing program at Red Bank Regional High School. Her chapbook is Shhh...I'm Thinking.

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sample poems by the festival poets




10:15-11:00 WORKSHOPS
No advance registration will take place; seating is on a first come/first served basis.
All workshops and the discussion on craft are held concurrently, beginning promptly at 10:15 a.m. and are free and open to the public. Participants should bring paper and a writing implement.  

Dogged Is Not Doggeral — conducted by Priscilla Orr § Room 226
Our animals not only take us out of ourselves, and deepen our connection with the natural world, they also can sniff their way into our poems. If we leash ourselves to them, they can sniff their way into territory we might not otherwise discover. This workshop will examine some of those poems written by others, and then will give us the chance to write our own.

Breaking Through the Abstract —conducted by Peter E. Murphy § Music Room
Like photo sensitive paper, a poem becomes vibrant when illuminated by the radiance of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. Workshop participants will practice creative risk-taking by applying concrete language to reveal the mysteries of the intangible world.

Poetry: Some Essential Questions —conducted by Gretna Wilkinson § Dance Studio
How do we go from thought to poetry? What is in the space between language and meaning? How do we glean structure out of the myriad of thoughts and ideas that swirl in our minds? How do we capture a kind of essence and craft it? This workshop will follow these questions to a conclusion we call poetry.

Poetry and Place —conducted by John Bargowski § Room 227
In this workshop, we will create and share poems inspired by various locations in the world around us and the experiences we have had or hope to have in them.

Art and Searching —conducted by Crystal Bacon § Art Studio
The painter, Alice Neel, said that art means the same as searching. This workshop will explore ways of using poetry to search for meaning by exploring a variety of poems and through writing prompts.

A Discussion on Craft: Poetry and Baseball—conducted by Edwin Romond § Student Lounge of Annie Hall
We will consider why poets are inspired to write about baseball more than any other sport. A primary focus will be how the power of memory lives at the center of many baseball poems and what that can teach about the human condition. We will look at poems by Michael Blumenthal, Stephen Dunn, Donald Hall, and others.

Poetry Reading
—DuBois Theater - Crystal Bacon, Peter Murphy, and Gretna Wilkinson

Lunch Break
— Patio
Book Signing— DuBois Theater Foyer

Poetry Reading
—DuBois Theater - John Bargowski, Joe-Anne McLaughlin, Priscilla Orr, and Edwin Romond

1:15 to 2:15
Panel Discussion—
“Poetry and Shame, Poetry and Forgiveness”— Wean Theater with Peter Murphy, Edwin Romond, and Priscilla Orr

Panel Discussion— “Poetry and Music, Poetry and Silence”—DuBois Theater - Crystal Bacon, John Bargowski, Joe-Anne McLaughlin, and Gretna Wilkinson

Book Signing—
DuBois Theater Foyer

Open Mic Sessions
Wean Theater — hosted by Sander Zulauf
DuBois Theater (Backstage)
Outdoor Patio (near Main Entrance) —hosted by Dan Aubrey

Reading by Gerald Stern—
DuBois Theater

Panel Discussion—
“Poetry and Establishment, Poetry and Subversion” – DuBois Theater - Hayden Carruth, Adrian C. Louis, Gerald Stern, and Jean Valentine

Dinner Break; Outdoor Music
(A list of area restaurants will be available at the information table and on this site).

Opening Comments - BJ Ward

Readings by Crystal Bacon, John Bargowski, Joe-Anne McLaughlin, Peter Murphy, Priscilla Orr, Edwin Romond, and Gretna Wilkinson — DuBois Theater

Reading by Adrian C. Louis
—DuBois Theater

Reading by Jean Valentine
—DuBois Theater

Reading by Hayden Carruth
—DuBois Theater

Book Signing and Reception
—DuBois Theater Foyer

On-site poetry bookstore provided by
Bebe's Books and Beans
31D Main Street
Blairstown, NJ