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Jared Harel to Serve as Artistic Director for the Warren County Poetry Festival

09/23/2013, 10:28 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. –Centenary College Adjunct Professor Jared Harel will serve as Artistic Director for the 8th Biennial Warren County Poetry Festival.  This event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on September 28, 2013 at the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts at Blair Academy in Blairstown. The theme is Blues Poetics: Working-Class Roots and Rhythms in Poetry.

Harel’s poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, Ecotone, The Threepenny Review and The American Poetry Review.  He holds degrees from Binghamton University and Cornell University, and plays drums for the New York City-based rock band The Dust Engineers. His first chapbook, The Body Double, was published by Brooklyn Arts.

“We are pleased that Jared was asked to be Artistic Director for this Festival,” says Dr. Christopher Adamo, Assistant Professor Philosophy and Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department at Centenary College.  “His is a true expert in this field, so his involvement will certainly benefit the participants tremendously.”

The day-long poetry festival will include workshops, readings, panel discussions and book signings featuring such nationally-renowned poets as Roger Bonair-Agard, Nick Flynn, Joy Harjo, James Arthur, Laura Boss, Martin Farawell, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jim Haba, Leslie Heywood and Joe Weil. Furthermore, there will multiple Open-Mic readings for attendees looking for an opportunity to share their own works.

For information about the schedule of events, please visit: http: //www.wcchc.org/.

The 8th Biennial Warren County Poetry Festival is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. 

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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