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.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017



Carriage House Series 

Readings take place on the second Tuesdays of 
February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and November.

Admission is always free.
An open mic usually follows the feature.

Special book and journal issue launches are sometimes scheduled 
for dates other than those listed. 
Be sure to check back for updates and details.

Winter Hiatus, No Reading

February, 21, 2017 ­
Sweetheart Night (Celebrating Valentine’s Day and Love) 
Featuring: Amanda Berry & Tony Gruenewald

March 5, 2017, Sunday Afternoon, 3-5 PM
Book Launch and Reception
for the Posthumous Publication
Of Wendy Rosenberg's Book
Whatever Happens (Tiferet)
(Readings from the Book Will Take Place at 4 PM, All Are Welcome) 

March 21, 2017
Poet Editors
Featuring: Donna Baier Stein & David Crews

April 18, 2017
Featuring: John Amen & Hank Kalet

May 16, 2017
Featuring: Emily Vogel & Katherine Soniat

June 17, 2017, Saturday Afternoon, 3-5 PM
Book Launch & Reception 
for The Only Proof by Nancy Lubarsky (Aldrich Press) 
(Nancy Lubarsky Will Read from the Book at 4 PM, All Are Welcome)

June 20, 2017
Featuring: Mary-Jane Grandinetti & Deborah Gerrish

July 18, 2017
Featuring: Laura Boss & Jim Gwyn

August – Summer Hiatus, No Reading

September 19, 2017
Mother and Son
Featuring: Karen Lee Ramos & Daniel Ramos

Note: At age 10, Daniel is the youngest poet to ever read in the Carriage House Series!

October 17, 2017
Poets’ Apocalypse

Note: You’ve heard of the “zombie apocalypse?” Well, this event will celebrate Halloween with a “Poets’ Apocalypse.” Several costumed poets will read seasonal poems, and The Elegant Skulls (featuring BoneYard the Poet Ghoul, aka Alan Pizzarelli) will perform music. Open readers must be in "some sort" of costume to read.

Featuring: Deborah LaVeglia, Amanda Berry, Tony Gruenewald, Alex Pinto, John McDermott, Raymond Londa, Gary Szelc. Other Poets TBA

November 21, 2017
Celebrating Native American Month
Featuring: Donna Beaver (Tlingit/Tsimshian Alaskan)

December – Winter Hiatus, No Reading

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.