Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams and Ginsberg
A Literary Festival and Conference

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Saturday, June 3, 2017


The festival will include readings and workshops by Patricia Smith and Li-Young Lee, and offer a series of scholarly and creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.

The call for proposals closed May 15, 2016.

Proposals were requested for scholarly/creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.  These poets can include but are not limited to: Gerald Stern, Amiri Baraka, CK Williams, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Marge Piercy, Lucille Clifton, Philip Levine, Toi Derricotte, Sharon Olds, and Diane di Prima.

We asked that literary scholars and graduate students send proposals for panel presentations. The panel presentations will be an hour, including time (approximately 15 minutes) for discussion/Q&A.
Proposals can be:

  • for a panel of 3 to 4 people, or

  • on your own and you will be matched with others who have like-minded themes. Regardless of how the panel is packaged, you will present/discuss the topic you submitted.

Possible panel topics, included:

  • Poetry and the people

  • The narrative tradition in poetry

  • Diverse voices in American poetry

  • Hip hop and spoken word

  • How to lift poetry off the page

  • Community outreach and poetry

  • New media and poetry

  • Poetry and social change

  • Building new audiences for poetry

  • The connection between American art and poetry

  • Poetry and another art form, such as music or dance