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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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.

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