New Jersey Writers

Networking and Resources

New Jersey Area Writers
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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:

Laura "L" Cushing charisma
Austin Cushing wizardofaus
Rick Silva shaharazad
Acacia Black acaciablack

Online Writing Resources:

Cavalcade of Poetry
Lists NJ area events- primarily for poetry

Write Away is an online writers' workshop on LJ

Passaic County Community College Poetry Center
Contains listings for poetry readings, competitions, and events. Note: This listing is active again after a summer hiatus!

NJ Writer's Groups

Revolutionary Word Society Free Poetry Workshop
Online: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rws_workshop/
In Person: Sunday 3-6
Tiaramisu Cafe
1161 S. Black Horse Pike
(Williamstown Shopping Center) Williamstown, NJ
Contact charisma
or see http://www.labarc.com/RWS/ for more info

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
Contact Anna-Marie Guterl

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
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
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
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
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
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.