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.


2018 Festival Poets include:

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

*Academy of American Poets Chancellor

The full line‐up of Festival Poets will be announced in April during National Poetry Month.


Teachers interested in registering their high school can register here.

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

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