FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a free poetry event on Tuesday, March 17th at 8:00 p.m., featuring distinguished Cranford poet John McDermott reading his own poems plus selections from the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (75 N. Martine Avenue).

John McDermott is the 2016 recipient of the Fanwood Arts Council’s Carriage House Poetry Prize. He has twice been invited to read his work at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and serves as a Dodge Poet, working with teachers and students. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Paterson Literary Review, Lips, Frogpond, Tiferet Journal, Exit 13 Magazine, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and the Mainichi Daily News (Japan). His first full-length collection of poetry, The Long Way Home, was published in 2005.

McDermott has lived in New Jersey for most of his life, with breaks of two years teaching English in Nanking, China, and two years in Osaka, Japan, plus shorter trips to Asia to teach and visit. He is professor emeritus of English as a Second Language at Union County College.

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The Carriage House Poetry Series was founded in 1998 at the Patricia Kuran Arts Center, an historic 19th century Gothic Revival structure that was once a carriage house, hence the name of the series. The March 17 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performance, so individuals are invited to read one poem of their choice.

For online directions, and the 2020 Carriage House Poetry Series calendar, visit or call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.