WAMFest: Words, Arts, and Music Festival

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Say “poetry” or “poet” and you won’t have to have a conversation for long, either in a classroom or at a party. But if you mention music and songwriting to those same people, they expand again, filled with life and endless strong opinions. In 2009, the Words, Arts, Music Festival was born with this in mind. -- David Daniel, poet, creator of WAMFest

WAMFest is an annual series of readings, interviews, talks, and performances hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of the Arts. WAMFest brings successful artists of various art genres to the campus to inspire and inform students and the community. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Demme, Talib Kweli, Mark Morris, Neil Gaiman, Ice-T, and Sean Astin.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Held indoors and outdoors in venues at Florham Campus, Madison, NJ.

Please check back regularly for updates and the event schedule for

WAMFest 2020!

The theme for 2019, LatinX ConeXiónes, was a reflection of the greater LatinX community’s needs and desires. By gathering specific input from our collaborators about who and what would be most valuable, we used university-related resources to develop unique programs designed to amplify and enrich the humanities aspects inherent in the greater community’s suggestions.

Featured Artists and Special Guests included Chita Rivera, Tony-award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Richard Ridge, of BroadwayWorld.com, Ambar Lucid, Indie-Rock Singer & Songwriter, NJ Ballet, American String Quartet, and Arts by the People.


FDU would like to thank Morris Arts who helps make WAMFest possible.

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