Monday, March 14, 2022

Register NOW for High School Student Day at DODGE POETRY FESTIVAL 2022

A group of smiling students holding Dodge Poetry Festival programs walk across the front entrance of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Photo by Alex Towle. 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival.

Dear Educators,

We are inviting you and your colleagues to take the first step toward registering your school to join us for High School Student Day at the 2022 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival: October 21, 2022, in Newark, New Jersey.

We are thrilled to share an exciting poet lineup, with more names to be added in the coming months:

Kim Addonizio • Ellen Bass* • Jan Beatty • Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Marilyn Chin* • Sandra Cisneros • Henri Cole • Kwame Dawes*
Natalie Diaz* • Camille T. Dungy • Nikky Finney* • Carolyn Forché*
Forrest Gander* • Joy Harjo* • Terrance Hayes* • Marie Howe*
Major Jackson • Yusef Komunyakaa • Stephen Kuusisto
Dorianne Laux* • Aimee Nezhukumatathil • Sharon Olds
Willie Perdomo • Patrick Rosal • David St. John* • Patricia Smith
Tracy K. Smith* • Natasha Trethewey* • Kevin Young*

*Academy of American Poets Chancellors participating in Poets Forum at the Festival

All high schools are eligible to attend High School Student Day for free. They simply have to complete the registration process.

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While the last two years of COVID have been challenging for everyone, we recognize they have been particularly difficult for teachers. You have our admiration and empathy.

Although there is no way to predict where we will be in the months ahead, signs suggest we are making our way out of the worst of the pandemic. We are choosing to be hopeful, and are moving forward with planning a full, in-person 2022 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival for October 20th through the 23rd, with High School Student Day scheduled for Friday, October 21st.

In this spirit, we invite you to begin the registration process in the hope that we will be able to gather, and you and your students can attend.

We understand it may be impossible to know what your school’s policies regarding class trips will be next fall. We ourselves do not know what will happen regarding public performances in Newark between now and then. We are prepared to adapt as the landscape changes and are committed to following best practices regarding safety protocols. Please review our current COVID-19 Safety Policy here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Best wishes,

Dodge Poetry

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