PATERSON, NJ - Paterson's second annual poetry festival is less than two months away and, according to its founder, Talena Lachelle Queen, it is shaping to be even larger than the first.

Scheduled for Saturday, October 5, the event, Queen shared in a recent Facebook post, will allow writers, at every experience level, to participate in an event that she expects to be the “Super Bowl of writing festivals in our town.” The event will be held in Hamilton Plaza, 77 Hamilton Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

While planning continues, the program for the day already lists several nationally recognized poets such as Jeanne Heuving, Rashad Wright, and Rich Villar. Paterson’s own Tanisha E. Tuck, like Queen a poet and an educator, will also recite her poetry.

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School-aged literary artists will also have a chance to participate through both a Youth Poetry Contest and a Youth Open Mic, and a poetry slam for poets 15 years old an over will begin at 4:00 p.m. 

“When I was a young writer here I didn't get to experience events that were intended for my particular talent. As the city's first Poet Laureate, I hope to change that reality,” Queen said. “Writers are coming from all over the state and we are working hard to make the day a success.”

More information about the festival, including how to become a vendor or a sponsor, can be found by clicking here.

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