PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s poet laureate, and founder of the Paterson Poetry Festival, Talena Lachelle Queen, has announced the schedule for the second annual event scheduled for Saturday, October 5.

The festival, to be held in Hamilton Plaza, 77 Hamilton Street, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saying that 23 “master feature poets” will be showcasing their talents Queen told TAPinto Paterson that “the day is adding up to be pretty spectacular.” 

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The poets, Queen added, are “educators, authors, artists, performers, champions, laureates, and passionate people.”

“To put it simply, they are the best at what they do. I am awed by the talent that has been curated for this event.”

In addition to local poets such as Jean Silver and Tanisha Tuck several nationally recognized poets including Jeanne Heuving, Rashad Wright, and Rich Villar are also expected to take the stage.

School-aged literary artists will also have a chance to participate through both a Youth Poetry Contest and a Youth Open Mic that will be hosted by Paterson Board of Education Commissioner, and poet, Manny Martinez.

“This is my second year helping with the festival and I am especially excited to engage our young people in this beautiful opportunity,” Martinez told TAPinto Paterson. “THis year promises to be bigger and better so come out and support,” he urged.

With the invitation only "Poetry in Motion" car show presented by Classic Riderz Car Club, as crafts, a photobooth, food, and activities for children, the festival is more than just poetry, Queen said.

Paterson Poetry Festival patrons also have an opportunity to register to vote at a table hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Editor's Note: TAPinto Paterson is the media sponsor for the Paterson Poetry Festival


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