Dodge Poet Submissions

Submissions are now closed.

The Dodge Poetry Program is welcoming submissions from poets of all backgrounds and orientations who would like to join our roster of Dodge Poets.

Dodge Poet: Defining the term

Dodge Poets visit high schools around New Jersey to share poems and engage in conversations about poetry with students, celebrating poetry as a living art form. They also facilitate groups, give readings, host events, and meet with us to review and discuss their experiences in the field and the impact of our programs.

The Dodge Poetry staff is excited to continue working toward the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's new mission: To support arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry to connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.

With this in mind, Dodge Poetry is shifting its resources to focus on some of New Jersey’s most economically stressed areas and school districts. We hope to build a community of Dodge Poets that more fully reflects the great diversity of our state, and particularly of the young people (ages 14 to 18) from those selected areas.

We encourage submissions from groups that are often under-represented in the poetry traditionally taught in high schools, such as African-American, Latinx, Asian-American, Native-American, Middle-Eastern, and Indigenous writers; disabled writers; and writers from the LGBTQ community.

We believe young people more deeply engage with any subject or art that sheds light on their own experience and affirms their identities. We hope to foster a personal connection to poetry as a vital art made by living artists, one that is available to deepen our creative, emotional and imaginative lives.

We believe that poets who simply are themselves and share their love for poetry accomplish one of our major goals: making young people aware that there are living, breathing practitioners of this art in their midst who are like them. This may be especially important to those who rarely see their identities reflected in the poetry and literature they are assigned to study.

How to apply

If you are a New Jersey or regional poet whose work and life goals include sharing your passion for poetry with young people and believe your own poetry and life experiences can help Dodge Poetry reach its goals, then we invite you to take the first step toward joining us by submitting.

To avoid creating false expectations, we want to be clear that this is not an invitation to apply for full or part-time employment. Individual poets are sent into the schools at most a few times in any given academic year. We are committed to treating visiting artists as professionals, and typically offer a per diem of $300, and, in some cases, a small stipend for travel.

You should also be aware that Dodge Poetry school visits aren’t workshops—they are opportunities for students to engage with contemporary poets by hearing original poetry aloud, and having free-ranging conversations with poets about their work, lives, practices, what motivates and inspires them, and whatever else arises.

If you’ve already worked with us in any of our school or teacher programs, there’s no need to apply; you’re already on our roster. We’re looking to expand our pool of poets and welcome your referrals.

The Dodge Poet application is live now via Submittable. You can find it here. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2019.

Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation that we received your application. By the week of December 9, every applicant will hear back from us regarding whether we will be inviting them to join the roster for the coming year.

Materials requested:

  • Work sample (approx. 20 pages of original poetry, 12 point standard font)
  • Files or links to audio/video recordings of you reading your poetry
  • Digital or hard copies of any published book(s) you may have
  • Cover letter (Help us get to know you.  How would you describe your own multiple identities and how are they reflected in your poetry?  How will these identities help you connect to students in the schools we’re working in?)
  • Description of relevant experience (What experience do you have that’s relevant to Dodge Poetry’s goals and philosophy? What experience do you have working with students or youth? What experience do you have in poetry performances and readings?)



If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or call (973) 695-1190.