High School Student Day

Historically 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. 

Festival Poets on High School Student Day have included former U.S. Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners as well as slam champions and emerging voices, 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. 

The Festival will now run from October 22 - November 1. We will be offering special programming available only to high school students and teachers Monday - Friday, October 26-30, 2020.

Teachers and students can get a free Education Pass to the Festival. The free Education Pass will give you and your students full access to all of the Festival livestreams and Q&As as well as on-demand access to the videos after the Festival. Captioning will be available for all Dodge Poetry Festival Events.

Just like our traditional live Festival, we are also offering special programming for high school students. If you are a high school teacher and you and your students would like to attend this special programming:

1. Sign up for the Education Pass and then log into the Festival in the classroom with your students October 22 - Nov 1, and/or

2. Sign up for the Education Pass and also send the registration link to your students so that they can sign up and join from wherever they are.

Visit www.dodgepoetryfestival.org to get your Pass.*

*Please note that while weekday student programming is designed with high school students in mind, all other programming and Festival events are programmed for an adult audience and open to the general public, including Q&As and online group discussions. If you plan to refer your students to other sessions or share on-demand videos with them once they are available, please be aware that there may be mature language and content. You may want to screen any on-demand videos before sharing them with your students.


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

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