High School Student Day


Friday, October 23, 2020

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.

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. 

As always, there will be a variety of simultaneous events, including readings, Poets on Poetry sessions, storytelling, musicians and discussions with over 50 poets.

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.

How to Bring Students from Your High School

Any educator interested in bringing a group of high school students to the Festival must register to act as their school's Festival School Coordinator.

Click here for more information about the responsibilities and benefits of being a Festival Coordinator, and how to register.


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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