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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.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


2015 Calendar

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January – Winter Hiatus

February 17, 2015 — Jill Stein, John Barrale, and Loren Kleinman 

March 17, 2015  Chloe Honum and Susan Lembo Balik

April 21— National Poetry Month: Douglas Goetsch and Catherine Doty 

May 19, 2015 — Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari 

June 16, 2015 —Westfield Poetry Group, 10th Anniversary Celebration: Linda Radice, Bob Rosenbloom, Wendy Rosenberg, Basil Rouskas, Nancy Lubarsky 

July 21, 2015 – A Wandering Poet: Edmund Baranowski 

August – Summer Hiatus

September 15, 2015 — Dean Kostos & Michael T. Young 

October 20, 2015 — Penny Harter & Gary J. Whitehead 

November 17, 2015 — THEIR LEGACY OF WORDS:

Anne Sexton (Deborah LaVeglia)
John Berryman (John Mcdermott)
Hart Crane (Tom Plante)
Vladimir Mayakovsky (Basil Rouskas)
Vachel Lindsay (Alex Pinto)
Sara Teasdale (Carol Oakes)
Sylvia Plath (Gail Fishman Gerwin)

December – Winter Hiatus