The Words and Music Festival: WAMFest

The Words and Music Festival, or WAMFest, takes place annually at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. David Daniel designed this Festival as a way to shine a light on the unique relationship between popular culture and scholarship. Past contributors include a diverse group of writers and musicians ranging from the brother-sister duo, the Fiery Furnaces, poet Paul Muldoon, and comedian Eugene Mirman to musicians Rosanne Cash and Alejandro Escovedo all the way to a dream pairing of two of Jersey’s finest artists, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen. In addition to Daniel, we'll hear from Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Josh Ritter, Robert Pinsky, and Bruce Springsteen.

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Musician Bruce Springsteen, poet Robert Pinsky, and writer Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding). Photo by Dan Landau

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Musician and writer Josh Ritter (left photo by Marcelo Biglia, right photo by Dan Landau) 

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Festival founder, David Daniel (left photo courtesy of Daniel, right photo by Bill Doran) 

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Poster featuring Josh Ritter and Wesley Stace. Designed by Robert Barker

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Wesley Stace. Photo by Bill Wadman

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Poster from WAMFEST 2010. Designed by Robert Barker

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Wesley Stace, Josh Ritter, and David Daniel. Photo by Dan Landau

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Musician and writer Josh Ritter reading from his new novel, Bright's Passage. Photo by Dan Landau

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Wesley Stace and Josh Ritter perform. Photo by Dan Landau

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A rapt Word and Music Festival audience. Photo by Dan Landau

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Wesley Stace performs. Photo by Dan Landau

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Josh Ritter enjoys a front row seat as Wesley Stace reads. Photo by Dan Landau.

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Wesley Stace reads. Photo by Dan Landau

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David Daniel. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Poster from WAMFEST 2011. Designed by Robert Barker

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Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. Photo by Dan Landau

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Wesley Stace and Eleanor Friedberger. Photo by Dan Landau

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Musicians John Doe and Exene Cervanka. Photo by Dan Landau

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Comedian Eugene Mirman performs. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Musician Exene Cervanka performs. Photo by Dan Landau

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Wesley Stace with critics, Nancy Franklin, Alex Ross, and Ben Greenman of The New Yorker. Photo by Dan Landau

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Critic Alex Ross on The New Yorker panel. Photo by Dan Landau

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David Daniel. Photo by Scott Giglio

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Paul Muldoon. Photo by Dan Landau

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Poster of poet Paul Muldoon and Wesley Stace. Designed by Robert Barker

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Producer Tony Visconti and musician Alejandro Escovedo. Photo by Dan Landau

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Paul Muldoon, Wesley Stace, and audience. Photo by Dan Landau

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Wesley Stace chats with critic Dave Marsh, producer Tony Visconti, and musician Alejandro Escovedo. Photo by Dan Landau

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Poster featuring critic Dave Marsh from 2009. Designed by Robert Barker

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Comedian Michael Showalter performs. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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The Fiery Furnaces. Eleanor Friedberger and brother Matthew Friedberger. Photo by Dan Landau

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Comedian Michael Showalter performs. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Rosanne Cash in conversation. Photo by Scott Giglio

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Bruce Springsteen performs. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Robert Pinsky. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Bruce Springsteen in conversation. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran

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Robert Pinsky responds. Photo taken from video footage by Bill Doran