Celebrating New Jersey’s Creative MVPs: A List Of Important Writers From The Garden State

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New Jersey MVPsThis week, neighborhoods around Writer’s Relief are besieged by football fans from all over the country. That’s right—the Super Bowl will be practically in our backyard!

And while most of the nation’s attention will be focused on the gridiron (and the commercials), there’s something else happening in New Jersey that’s pretty important.

This year marks New Jersey’s 350th birthday!

The Garden State is celebrating with lots of special events commemorating our contributions to national and international causes.

So, while you’re getting the chips and dip ready for your Super Bowl parties, take a minute to remember these important writers, thinkers, poets, and wordsmiths who all hail from New Jersey.

A List Of Writers From New Jersey

Peter Benchley
Peter BenchleyPrinceton, NJ

Alan Brennert
Alan BrennertEnglewood, NJ

Judy Blume
Judy BlumeElizabeth, NJ

Harlan Coben
Harlan CobenNewark, NJ

James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore CooperBurlington, NJ

Stephen Crane
Stephen CraneNewark, NJ

Junot Díaz
Parlin, NJ

Janet Evanovich
Janet EvanovichSouth River, NJ

Allen Ginsberg
Allen GinsbergNewark, NJ

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Lauryn Hill
Lauryn HillEast Orange, NJ

Ice-T (Tracy Marrow)
Ice TNewark, NJ

Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Alfred Joyce KilmerNew Brunswick, NJ

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Newark, NJ

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Ann Morrow LindberghEnglewood, NJ

Norman Mailer
Norman MailerLong Branch, NJ

George R.R. Martin
George RR MartinBayonne, NJ

Dorothy Parker
Dorothy ParkerLong Branch, NJ

Philip Milton Roth
Philip RothNewark, NJ

Jon Stewart
Jon StewartLawrenceville, NJ

Albert Payson Terhune
Albert Payson TerhuneNewark, NJ

Walt Whitman
Walt WhitmanCamden, NJ

William Carlos Williams
William Carlos WilliamRutherford, NJ

Edmund Wilson
Edmund WilsonRed Bank, NJ

 

penQUESTION: We know there are many more writers who are from New Jersey. Can you name any others?

2 Comments

  1. Donna L Emerson

    You should add poets like Maria Gillan and Laura Boss.

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  2. Cornelia (@cornelia_LO)

    Great list! Paul Auster and Fran Lebowitz come to mind, too. The full list of Jersey luminaries would be too long for a post.

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