Teacher Day: October 20, 2022

Teacher Day at the 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival offers free admission to pre-registered teachers, administrators, school counselors and librarians on Thursday, October 20, 2022. This day is designed especially for educators who want to rejuvenate their love for poetry, discover new voices, reconnect with special poems, share their own work at open readings, see old friends, and receive a free Poetry Kit for Teachers filled with poems and activities to bring back to their school. 


The Benefits of Teacher Day 

  • Revitalize your creativity and love of lifelong learning  

  • Receive Professional Development Hours for your participation

  • Address the requirements of New Jersey Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers 

  • Receive the free Festival Poetry Kit for Teachers, which includes Festival Poet poems, bios, quotes and reading lists on easy-to-reproduce poet pages and teaching ideas for classroom use 

  • Hear directly from poets about their writing process and their creative lives 

  • Connect with poets representing various schools of poetry, cultures and points of view 

  • Discover contemporary poetry you can bring back to your classroom 

  • Shop the Festival bookstore, which features hundreds of titles of contemporary poetry hard to find in bookstores, and have books signed by the poets 


Teacher Day events include: 

POETRY SAMPLER: The Festival Poetry Sampler has been one of the favorite Teacher Day events. 

READINGS AND CONVERSATION feature three to four Festival Poets who each give a brief reading followed by an open-ended Q & A. 

POETS ON POETRY: Festival Poets discuss their own sense of poetry, through reading and discussing their own poems and poems by others that are important to them. 

POETS FOR TEACHERS: These discussions feature Festival Poets experienced in keeping poetry alive in their own and their students’ lives. 

CONVERSATIONS: A small group of Festival Poets discusses the enduring questions evoked by poetry, such as “Poetry and the Oral Tradition” and “Going Public with Private Feelings.” 

OPEN READINGS are ongoing all afternoon. Bring your own or a favorite poem to share! 


  • The deadline to register is Monday, October 3, 2022. Teachers who do not register by this deadline can still purchase a 10% discounted ticket for Thursday through NJPAC’s Box Office. 

  • The Teacher Day ticket allows teachers entrance to the festival at no cost for both daytime and nighttime events on Thursday, October 20, 2022.    

  • Teachers must be employed by an accredited educational institution. 

  • Teachers who cannot attend Teacher Day may register to attend High School Student Day (Friday, October 21, 2022) without students.  

  • Tickets will begin being mailed in early October.  

  • Information about discounted parking will be available closer to the date.

  • CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be available for all featured events in Prudential Hall at NJPAC. Dodge Poetry is committed to creating an accessible Festival and is exploring other accommodations we can provide to our audiences. If you have any questions, recommendations or requests regarding accommodations, please email us at festival@grdodge.org 

  • Please visit our COVID-19 Safety Policy page to review our current guidelines 


Please do NOT use Teacher Day Registration to register a group for High School Student Day. For information on bringing a student group, visit our High School Student Day page.


The Festival is open to the public October 20-23, 2022. 


Registration has closed.