Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great Regulars: Jeffrey Brown: That must change the whole flavor

of the festival. Must have changed the audiences that come as well, right?

Martin Farawell: We actually noticed in 2010 that the audience was younger over the weekend and more diverse, because for the first time we are in a major mass-transit hub. The old setting, if you didn't have a car you couldn't get there. We are literally a 20-minute ride on the PATH train from downtown New York City. There is a long, urban corridor along the Hudson River connected by a rail system, The trains here go to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston. It's the first time, I think, that the audience has began to reflect the diversity of the lineup. The poetry lineup has always been very diverse, and now it's really quite exciting to see that same diversity in the audience that can come here.

from Jeffrey Brown: PBS: Newshour: Dodge Poetry Festival Gets Underway


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