FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free event on Tuesday, Feb.19 at 8:00 p.m., featuring distinguished poet Gretna Wilkinson in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall.

The reading marks the start of the 2019 season of the Carriage House Poetry Series with the annual “Sweetheart Night,” in observance of Valentine’s Day.

Gretna Wilkinson grew up in Guyana, South America, and began her career at the age of 17 as a missionary teacher in the jungles there. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1981 and pursued higher education, earning her master’s and doctorate from Drew University.

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Dr. Wilkinson taught at the County College of Morris for 16 years before joining the faculty at Red Bank Regional High School in 2005. She’s been recognized as Monmouth County Arts Educator of the Year and as Red Bank Regional’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. She has published six books of poems, including her most recent collection, “Opening the Drawer” (Cool Women Press). A Geraldine R. Dodge Poet, she has performed in many venues throughout the USA and is founder of the online literary magazine, “The RavensPerch” (

With this event, the Carriage House Poetry Series begins its 21th year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The Feb. 19 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 information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions, and to see the 2019 Carriage House Poetry Series calendar, visit