WAMFest 2022

All events are free of charge and open to the public, but reservations are required.

WAMFEST events are in high demand and sell out quickly


FDU School of the Arts presents WAMFEST 2022, October 10 & 12, FDU Florham Campus

October 10


4:00 PM (Orangerie lawn)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

with Richard Baratta’s Gotham City Latin Jazz

*Rain Date: October 11

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets!



October 12


6:00 PM

Guest lecture: Dance on Film

with Marta Renzi





1:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Carolyn Dorfman Dance

New Jersey Ballet

including post-performance artist talk-backs

with moderators, Marta Renzi & Anita Rivers


Carolyn Dorfman Dance makes its WAMFEST debut! The company joins forces with New Jersey Ballet in a rare joint performance. Experience a thrilling evening of dance by two of New Jersey’s most beloved companies at the exciting 13th annual WAMFEST.

Carolyn Dorfman

An Annual Festival

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, Sean Astin, Chita Rivera, Laverne Cox, and Andre Braugher.

WAMFest was created by poet and creative writing professor David Daniel with the hope of bringing together writers, songwriters, visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, and filmmakers to create conversations and collaborations that bridge the gap between ‘the people’s art’ and the ‘art of the academy,’ and to create a model for teaching and celebrating the arts across the country.

WAMFest posters
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 has been made possible in part by funding from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to FDU Trustee Robert and Patricia Pures.