High School Student Day

The heart of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, High School Student Day has introduced 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.

The Festival Poets on High School Student Day include former U.S. Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners as well as slam champions and emerging voices. They are chosen not only for their talent, but for their ability to connect with students. 

This year, due to the ongoing unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Dodge Poetry Festival will be entirely virtual. 

Live streaming of the Festival will be free for all; on-demand access to the Festival videos will be free for pre-registered schools. 

Now that we are moving to an online format, special programming for teachers and students no longer has to be limited by the time constrictions of a "Teacher Day" or "Student Day." Those offerings can be scheduled for when they are most practical for the largest number of students and teachers.

While we are still in the beginning phases of designing the virtual Festival, we know there will be individual and group poetry readings and performances, panel talk and discussions among several poets, Q&A with poets, open mic opportunities and more.

If you would like to register your school to engage with the 2020 Festival, fill out the registration form here.

We will keep you posted about program updates and let you know more details as soon as we have them!

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

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"The Festival has helped me to convey that poetry is a living, active art, not a relic from the past."

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