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."

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.

The series features some of the finest contemporary poets each year 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 the grounds of Borough Hall, facing 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 - July and from September - November.

All readings are free and open to the public. Most readings include an open mic after the feature, and audience members are invited to share their poems.

The Carriage House Series is pleased to feature a wide range of both nationally-known and local poets. Past readers have included (among numerous others), Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Laura Boss.

The Series has been funded by the Borough of Fanwood with additional grants from such generous organizations as the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (HEART Grants), the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League.

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Carriage House Poetry Contest Winners

The 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize Winners

With special thanks to our final judge, Donna Baier Stein, we're happy to announce the winners of the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize. The first place winner will receive $300.00 and the three top three winning poems will be published in the autumn 2018 issue of Tiferet Journal.

First Place: David Vincenti, “Proverbs from the Owls”

Second Place: Susan Rothbard, “This Is the View”

Third Place: Ray Cicetti, “Japanese Cherry"

Special Recognition for a Humorous Poem about a Tree: Bob Rosenbloom “The Tree Next Door”

Special Recognition for a Student-Written Poem about a Tree: Daniel Ramos, “Stacked Logs”

Special Recognition for a Poem about a Fanwood Tree: Dean B. Talcott, “Do You Know My Name?”

Congratulations to all the winners, 
and special thanks to all the poets who entered the contest.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Calendar 2018

Our 20th Anniversary Year
Readings take place on the third Tuesdays of
February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and November.
(This year’s November reading will take place on the 2nd Tuesday).

Admission is always free. All are welcome!
An open mic usually follows the feature.

January ­– Winter Hiatus

February 20, 2018 – “Sweetheart Night” – Edmund Charles Baranowski (a wandering poet)

March 20, 2018 – Catherine (“Cat”) Doty & Susan Balik

April 17, 2018 – Kevin Pilkington & Renée Ashley

May 15, 2018 – ­Maria Mazziotti Gillan & Edwin Romond

May 20, 2018 (Sunday, 3-5 PM) – Book Launch for Michael T. Young's The Infinite Doctrine of Water 

June 19, 2018 – Joe Weil 

July 17, 2018 – Tiferet Journal Reading featuring Ray Cicetti, Diane Lockward, Priscilla Orr, Tom Plante, & Donna Baier Stein

August – Summer Hiatus

September 18, 2018 – Nicole Cooley & Matthew Thorburn

October 16, 2018 – "Monster Mash"—Featuring: Amanda Berry, Tony Gruenewald,  Nancy Lubarsky, John McDermott, Tom Plante, Bob Rosenbloom, and Gary Szelc. Come in costume to read in the open!

THURSDAY, November 8, 2018, 8 PM – 20th Anniversary Celebration, Music, Special Guests, Food, Open Readings. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT!

December – Winter Hiatus

There may also be additional book launches. Please check back for dates and details.

Please Note: In the event of inclement weather, check this site, or click here to check the Carriage House page on Facebook. It is always our policy to err on side of safety, and readings are cancelled if the weather is in any way unsafe. 

Contact: 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298.