What's it all about

The Paterson Poetry Festival. This annual event is a celebration of words, writers and poetry lovers. The Festival was founded in 2018 and has been hosted ever since on the stairs of the Historic Passaic County Courthouse in downtown Paterson. This year, 2023, the festival will be held at the Passaic County Courthouse Plaza located in the city of Paterson, NJ at 77 Hamilton Street on Friday October 13th which will be YOuth Day. On Saturday October 21 the Festival will be held at International High School 200 Grand Street. The multi day event includes the Poetry in Motion Car Show with the Classic Riderz Car Club, The Paterson Poetry Festival Slam with a cash prize, Open Mic, The Speak Series/ Homage Stage, Lit Fest ( creative fun space for young kids), Youth Poetry Contest, Master Classes, Award ceremonies, vendors, and food. The Paterson Poetry Festival is the super bowl event for poets. People have traveled from all parts of the country to be part of the Paterson Poetry Festival that includes a bit of every artistic expression including visual arts, music and crafts.

-Open Mic
- SLAM Contest
- Youth Poetry Day
- Poetry in Motion Car Show
- Master Classes
- Homage hour (Speak Series)
- Vendors
- Food
- Lit Land (interactive place for very young children)
- Free books and activities for all

Paterson Poetry Festival!
Oct. 13-14 2023