High School Student Day

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The heart of the Dodge Poetry Festival, High School Student Day introduces thousands of teenagers to poets from widely diverse backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to see the world from perspectives entirely unlike their own. It also offers many students the rare opportunity to meet working poets who are like them, and to experience first‐hand that there is a larger world of like‐minded people who welcome and understand them. This is exciting, inspiring and liberating for all of them, and life‐saving for some.

Although the Festival Poets on High School Student Day include former U.S. Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners, they are chosen not only for their talent, but for their ability to connect with students. The atmosphere of the day is one of mutual respect and generosity.

As always, there will be a variety of simultaneous events, including readings, Poets on Poetry sessions, storytelling, musicians and discussions with over 50 poets, from the widely celebrated to some of the most promising and engaging younger voices.

All high schools are eligible to attend High School Student Day for free with completion of the registration process. Pre‐registered students and teachers are admitted at no charge to all daytime events. Spaces are allotted to schools based on the total student population. We take great care to ensure that our registration process includes students from the widest geographic range; urban, suburban and rural communities; all socio‐economic levels; and the most culturally diverse populations. Registration will close once we have reached full capacity.

You can view the full line-up of Festival Poets here, and the full program here!

Visit out Poet Calendar to see the specific days that each poet will be performing in Newark's Downtown Arts District. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

2018 Festival Poets that will be reading on Friday, October 19 include:

Elizabeth Alexander* • Ellen Bass* • Jericho Brown • Tina Chang • Marilyn Chin* • Sandra Cisneros • Henri Cole • Kwame Dawes* •  Forrest Gander* • Linda Gregerson* • Juan Felipe Herrera • Brenda Hillman* • David Hinton • Marie Howe* • Khaled Mattawa* • Eileen Myles •  Marilyn Nelson* • Aimee Nezhukumatathil • Sharon Olds • Gregory Orr • Alicia Ostriker* • Gregory Pardlo • Alberto Ríos* • Mary Ruefle • Sapphire • sam sax • Nicole Sealey • Danez Smith • David St. John* • Rachel Wiley • David Young • AND MORE!

*Academy of American Poets Chancellor


We are no longer accepting new registrations for High School Student Day. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: studentday@grdodge.org or (973) 695‐1190.

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