PATERSON, NJ- Pointing to cities like Austin, New York, and San Francisco that have made building vibrant arts scenes over the years a key element of their success, local poet and educator Talena Lachelle Queen has announced the first ever Paterson Poetry Festival will be held on Saturday, October 6.

Queen, who was named Paterson’s first Poet Laureate earlier this year, told TAPinto Paterson that the arts community is “already doing its part to help move the city’s renaissance forward” by beautifying spaces with murals and including live music at outdoor events. These, among other endeavors, Queen said, will be part of the festival that will also feature cash prizes for Paterson Public School students and a slam contest for spoken word artists.

Bringing her “vision for an even more artistic city” to fruition through the festival, Queen continued, will mean that many collaborators will contribute to the day’s success.

The festival will also include poetry workshops, featured poets, opportunities for “open mic” performances, and vendors.