This is a community for New Jersey area writers to get together, network, share their writing-related events, opportunities, and questions! There are very few actual rules here - and you don't have to be from the actual state of NJ to join. If you're from a neighboring state and visit NJ to perform poetry, for example -- you are also welcome. If you used to live in NJ (and somehow managed to escape!) you are also welcome. Post anything writing related here, or just get to know your fellow writers. Do not post advertisements for non-writing related things (ex: Your rating community, your dog's website). You may post your work, things about yourself, whatever. We're pretty mellow. Do not be rude to your fellow writers. Do not troll. Do not start flamewars. And we'll all get along just fine.
This community is maintained by New Jersey writers:
River Rimes Writers 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month Brenner's Brew 21 E. Commerce Street Bridgeton, NJ Contact Barbara@brennersbrew.com for further info Admission Free
Jersey City Poetry Workshop Every Wednesday 7:00 PM Cafe Ground Jersey Avenue Jersey City NJ Free Contact Anna-Marie Guterl firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ Poetry Open Mic/Slam Venues
River Rimes Slam (and open mic) Brenner's Brew 21 E. Commerce Street Bridgeton, NJ Second Saturday monthly 7:15-11 pm Contact Barbara@brennersbrew.com for further info Admission: $5.00 Cash slam prize - $25.00 first place
A Little Soul @ The Cafe 2nd Wednesday monthly (Poets, singers, spoken word artists, musicans) Eleven East Cafe 11 East High Str. Glassboro, NJ Contact Linda@cavalcadeofpoetry.com for further info Admission: $5.00
Networking Cafe Talent/Poetry Night Open Mic Every Thursday 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Networking Cafe 19th St. & Broadway Bayonne NJ Mix of music, poetry, comedy, and spoken word Free Admission
The Waterbug Hotel Open Mic Every Thursday 10:00 PM to Midnight or later 7 Erie St., 2nd Floor Jersey City NJ Poetry with some music. Sponsored by The Waterbug Hotel Collective.
The Pursuit of Poetry Open Mic/Slam 8:00 pm on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month Walt Whitman Arts Center 2nd & Cooper Sts, Camden, NJ (856) 964-8300 $5.00 admission, slam prizes
September Special Events
9/30/04-10/3/04: Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Hillsborough NJ. This huge outdoor celebration of poetry is held every other year. This year's festival features readings by eight Pulitzer Prize winning poets. There will be an open mic tent set up throughout the festival for those who wish to participate more actively.
October Special Events
10/26/04: Reading featuring the editors of Tiferet Literary Magazine 54 Fairfield St., Montclair NJ 7:30 PM Free Open reading to follow Contact: Maria Cramer at 973.744.7177
10/27/04: US1 Poets Invite Series featuring Alicia Ostriker and Elizabeth Socolow Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton NJ 7:30 PM Free Open reading to follow Contact Sue Roth at 609.924.9259
10/28/04: Hispanic Music and Poetry Nite Featured poet: Bistro Obuntu Westminster Arts Center Bloomfield College Fremont St. (off Franklin St.), Bloomfield NJ 10:00 PM Free Open reading to follow Contact: David Rosenak at 973.748.9000 X343
10/28/04: The Chameleon Women featuring Elaine Barden, Margaret Brisco, Vera Gelvin, and Thelma Johnson Caldwell Public Library 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell NJ 6:30 PM Free Contact: 973.226.2837
November Special Events
11/6/04: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Winners' Reading. Featuring Ginsberg award winners Marianne Taylor, Erin Murphy, Bill Wunder, and Patty Tomsky. Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church St. Patterson NJ 1:00 PM Free Information here.
December Special Events
12/10/04-12/12/04: PhilCon SF Convention. Philadelphia PA. This is one of the largest "literary" science fiction conventions in the country. Expect to see a wide selection of panels and workshops of interest to anyone writing in the SF/Fantasy/Horror genres.
Those interested in SF, fantasy, horror, gaming, comics, or collectibles will find lots more events throughout the northeast (not necessarily writing-focussed) at the Dandelion Studios Events Calendar.
If you have a resource or special event to share, please contact one of the mods to have the info updated.