WELCOME


Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your interest in the Carriage House Series. Walt Whitman wrote, “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” Whether we meet electronically or in person, we're happy to share our commitment to poetry and to poets with you, our "great audience."





2014 Carriage House Poetry Prize Winners

2014 Carriage House Poetry Prize Winners

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
POETRY SERIES



The Carriage House Poetry Series was established in December of 1998. The initiative began as a project funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. With the support of additional grants and the Fanwood Borough Mayor and Council, the series features some of the finest contemporary poets each year. All readings are held in the Kuran Arts Center (a nineteenth century carriage house, formerly known as the Fanwood Carriage House and for which the series was named). The Arts Center is located on Watson Road (off Martine Avenue, GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue) in Fanwood, New Jersey. Readings are held at 8PM on the third Tuesday of each month from February - June and from September - December. All readings are free and open to the public.


The Carriage House Series is pleased to feature a wide range of both nationally-known and local poets. Readers include Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, and Maria Gillan. Most readings include an open mic after the feature, and audience members are invited to share their poems.


Please scroll down for directions and our current calendar; and please take a moment to view our slideshows below (just click on the arrows in the center).




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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 CALENDAR


January Winter Hiatus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Mark Doty
15th Anniversary Rescheduled from December 2013

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Priscilla Orr & Chuck Tripi

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  
Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
BJ Ward

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Gail Gerwin, Ed Romond, & Yehoshua November

July & August Hiatus

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Renee Ashley & Peter Murphy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Robert Carnevale

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Adam Fitzgerald and Special Guest Poet

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
16th Anniversary Celebration, Details TBA
Please note that this is the second Tuesday in December.



PLEASE NOTE: In the event of any form of inclement weather (hurricane, snowstorm, ice storm, heavy rain, etc.), please check the Carriage House Series on Facebook or here on Blogger. You may also call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298 for information. When weather poses a possible safety issue, we opt for safety first and postpone readings. We suggest calling before leaving home!




Directions to the Kuran Arts Center/Carriage House Poetry Series


Note: The Arts Center faces Watson Road in Fanwood, NJ; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023 (which you might need for MapQuest or navigation systems). Just be sure to go to Watson Road from Martine Avenue. Parking is available in front of the Arts Center and across the street by Carriage House Park. There is also on-street parking. If parking is an issue, you may park in the Borough Hall parking lot (access via Martine Avenue).

From the Garden State Parkway Southbound:

1. Take Exit 135 to the right on the exit ramp. This takes you to Central Avenue.
2. Follow Central Avenue to the 7th traffic light (approximately 2.8 miles) to North Avenue.
3. Make a left onto North Avenue.
4. Follow North Avenue, after the 3rd traffic light the road will fork.
5. Stay to the right as the road becomes Midway Avenue.
6. At the next traffic light make a left onto Martine Avenue.
7. Approximately 1/4 mile on the right you will see Fanwood Borough Hall.
8. Immediately after the Borough Hall turn right at the blinking light onto Watson Road.
9. The Kuran Arts Center is the first building on the right side of Watson Road.
10. You may park in front or across the street at the Carriage House Park.


From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:

1. Take Exit 135 and stay to the left on the exit ramp.
2. Go around the circle and travel back under the Parkway.
3. Bear to the right onto Central Avenue.
4. Follow the directions above from this point.


From Route 22 Eastbound:

1. Make a right onto Park Avenue at Snuffy’s Pantagis Restaurant.
2. Follow Park Avenue through the town of Scotch Plains.
3. Continue on Park Avenue, which will become Martine Avenue. Just go straight – no turns.
4. Approximately 1/4 mile after the 4th traffic light you will see Fanwood Borough Hall on your right.
5. Immediately after the Borough Hall you will come to a blinking light.
6. At the blinking light turn right onto Watson Road.
7. The Kuran Arts Center is the first building on the right side of Watson Road.
8. You may park in front or across the street at the Carriage House Park.


From Route 22 Westbound:

1. Take the 2nd right past McDonald’s in Watchung, located across from the Scotchwood Diner on Route 22.
2. Go to the first traffic light and make a left. This will bring you over Route 22 with the Blue Star Shopping Center on your right.
3. Stay to the right on the overpass.
4. At the bottom of the overpass stay to the right. This will take you to Park Avenue with Snuffy’s Pantagis Restaurant on your right.
5. Take Park Avenue.
6. Approximately 1/4 mile after the 4th traffic light you will see Fanwood Borough Hall on your right.
7. Immediately after the Borough Hall you will come to a blinking light.
8. At the blinking light turn right onto Watson Road. The Kuran Arts Center is the first building on the right side of Watson Road.
9. You may park in front or across the street at the Carriage House Park.