1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An afternoon of poetry is planned for Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Scottish Rite Theatre in Collingswood, as part of the Collingswood Book Festival

The free outdoor event will include children’s poetry, pandemic-themed haiku, new works from South Jersey poets and will culminate in a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo.

Readings will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn outside the Scottish Rite mansion, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ. All events will be conducted with social distance guidelines in place, with precautions for performers and guests. Bathrooms will be available. Guests should bring masks for when they are not seated, supply their own chairs or blankets and seat themselves away from other audience members.

While a final schedule is still being determined, the day will include:

  • Winners of the 11th annual Walt Howat Youth Poetry Contest
  • A reading by Hainesport award-winning poet Anna Evans
  • Pandemic-themed haiku, featuring The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
  • South Jersey poets paying tribute to the late Walt Howat, poet and poetry tent founder, with his own poems and works that capture his enduring spirit
  • A reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, who is on faculty at Rutgers-Camden. He will be introduced with a short Q&A at 3:20 p.m.and will end our live event by reading from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Portions of the day will be livestreamed, while others will be available to view as videos online. In the event of rain, the Youth Poetry Contest and several other events will be hosted in Zoom.

Poetry events are presented with the generous support of the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, as well as our partners at the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association of Camden and Murphy Writing at Stockton University.


315 White Horse Pike Collingswood, NJ 08107