Tribute to Doc Long Details

Since this year’s Dodge Poetry Festival will be entirely online (Oct 22 – Nov 1), we have created a Zoom Community Room where Festival attendees and poets can join each other and connect.

In the Community Room, we will be hosting tributes to Doc Long and Paul-Victor Winters, two Dodge Poets who passed away this year. Paul-Victor was also a 2020 Festival Poet. We received a pre-recorded poetry reading from Paul-Victor this fall, which will be aired during the Festival.

Doc and Paul-Victor were poets so beloved by their friends, colleagues, and the many teachers and students whose lives they touched.

We wanted to make sure you knew when their tributes are happening, in case you would like to join to share a poem or memory of Doc or Paul-Victor. 

Paul-Victor’s poetry reading will be aired as part of the Festival Poet Reading on October 25, 5 – 5:45 p.m.

The Tribute to Paul-Victor, hosted by Peter E. Murphy and Christine Salvatore will happen in the Community Room later that evening, from 7 – 7:45 p.m.

The Tribute to Doc Long, hosted by Bill O’Neal is happening October 31, 10 – 10:45 a.m.

In order to keep our online space as safe as possible for our Festival Poets and attendees, we are asking anyone who would like to join the Community Room to register for the Festival (you can register for free). Once you have your Festival Pass, you can Enter the Festival and access a full schedule that has links to each session, including the tributes.

We would love for you to share this information with anyone you think would like to be there. We also have social media graphics that you can download and share: one for Doc Long and one for Paul-Victor Winters

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well,

Dodge Poetry Staff


Fall Update

Hi All.

Andrew and I played a pair of outside gigs last month at Terhune Orchard and the Hibernian Club. I played two solo ones indoors at Tir na nOg. A photo from the second one is posted below. Given the uptick in virus cases, I don’t anticipate playing indoors this winter. In the absence of a Covid vaccine, March 17th is looking bleak as well. Be safe.– Bill

Cycling on the Old PRR Bel-Del

Dave Anderson and I took a 55 mile ride from Scudder’s Falls to Frenchtown and return today. We hopped over to the PA side at Washington Crossing and came back over at Uhlerstown to head home on the bike path which was once the PRR Bel-Del branch from Trenton’s MG Tower to Belvidere’s G Tower. As a young man, I sometimes worked Sunday evenings at MG, which was a shack not a real tower. My old picture of MG shown below.

Dearg Dare

My wife’s uncle was venting over the humdrum shots of my daily guitar porch practice sessions which I was taking and posting on FB. He asked me to incorporate the Feileastram Dearg in a shot, so here it is.

Last night I played a two hour solo gig on the rear “patio” of Tir na nOg. It went well.

August 7 Update

Greetings. Last Saturday Andrew and I played our first gig since the COVID outbreak. Ironically, it was the same venue as our last gig before the COVID outbreak: Terhune Orchards. This coming Wednesday I am playing solo at Tir na nOg, weather permitting. Given all the outside gigs likely to occur, I acquired another outside-gig guitar: A Takamine G series jumbo.

Takamine