Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission

Shippen Manor
8 Belvidere Avenue
Oxford, NJ 07863
Tel: (908) 453-4381
Fax: (908) 453-4981

August 31, 2009


We are pleased to invite you on Saturday, September 26, 2009, for our Sixth Biennial Warren County Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in partnership with Blair Academy, supported by the Warren County Freeholders, and partially funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  This year our Festival will feature seven poets of local and national renown, including Laure-Anne Bosselaar, D. Nurske, Tim Seibles, Pam Bernard, Robert Carnavale, Martin Farawell, and Madeline Tiger.

Blair Academy is once again hosting our Festival in its elegant and accessible Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts. A Seenheiser Assisted Listening System is on-site, all of our printed material is available in large type, and signers are available with two weeks notice. The Academy is located at 2 Park Street in Blairstown, New Jersey (just off Route 94). Blairstown is a small town near the Appalachian Trail in northern Warren County, about six miles north of Route 80. Enclosed please find the Festival schedule, biographies of our featured poets, and directions to the Festival site. There is an opportunity for Open Readings, so please bring poems to share, if you’d like.  The events begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude with a book signing/reception from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m.  All of the events are free and open to the public. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Box lunches will be available for purchase. Elementary and secondary school teachers will be able to receive credit for professional development hours through Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC.
Our bookseller will host a table for book purchase. Attendees who have authored their own books of poetry and wish to sell through a consignment arrangement as well as editors of literary journals that publish poetry are welcome to arrange consignment sales with the bookseller. Please call for specifics. 
As poetry fans, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate poetry, and especially the work of our featured poets.  Changes in the economy have had profound effects on the arts, which is why we are especially excited about this year’s festival.  We have always operated on an odd-numbered year biennial event to complement the even-numbered year Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Our Festival this year seems even more poignant given the decreased funding for the arts.  We remain hopeful for the poetry arts community. 
Please call 908 453-4381 for further information. We look forward to seeing you on September 26.
Kind regards,

Priscilla Orr                Dennis Austin
Artistic Director          Project Director