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Monmouth University and the Long Branch Arts Council will co-sponsor the Fall Poetry Festival on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. in Monmouth University’s Bey Hall. The day will consist of readings by nationally known poets, some of whom will conduct poetry workshops for participants.

The keynote readers will be Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn and Cave Canem Fellow Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Stephen Dunn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours. His many other books include New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994, What Goes On: Selected and New Poems 1995-2009 and, most recently, Here and Now.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of Miracle Arrhythmia, The Requited Distance and, most recently, Mule & Pear. A photographer and painter as well as a poet, she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

In addition, a dozen nationally-known local poets will give brief readings: Gabe Barabas, Michael Broek, Prescott Evarts, Laura McCullough, Yesenia Montilla, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Suzanne Parker, Lauren Schmidt, Michael Paul Thomas, Michael Waters, BJ Ward, and Daniel Weeks.

The festival will culminate with a reading by registered participants.

Admission to the readings is free and open to the public. The workshops, also free, will be open to registrants only: to register, email Dr. Michael Waters no later than Wednesday, November 7, at

Please see the schedule below for reading and workshop times. This event is co-sponsored by the Long Branch Arts Council, the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, the Department of English at Monmouth University, and The Monmouth Review.

Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

9 – 10 a.m                       Sign-in for registrants in Bey Hall (refreshments), The Monmouth Review distributed to participants

10 – 11 a.m.                    reading: Laura McCullough / BCC, Michael Broek / BCC, Suzanne Parker / BCC,              

Gabe Barabas / NJ Repertory Company, Lauren Schmidt / MU,                                      

                                   BJ Ward / Warren CC

11 a.m. -12 p.m.            workshops

12 – 1 p.m.                      lunch for registrants  

1 – 2 p.m. reading:          Michael Paul Thomas / MU, Prescott Evarts Jr. / MU, Mihaela Moscaliuc / MU,                                        

                                    Dan Weeks / MU, Yesenia Montilla / NYC, Michael Waters / MU                                                              

2 – 3 p.m.                        workshops

3 – 4 p.m.                        reading: Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Stephen Dunn                                                                           

4 – 5 p.m                         participants’ reading