Monday, April 4, 2022

Sign Up for Teacher Day at the 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival


[Above:  A woman in a pink hat sits smiling at a 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival session, with several other smiling attendees around her.] Photo by Alex Towle Photography.


Join us as we kick off the 4-day Dodge Poetry Festival with Teacher Day, which offers free admission to pre-registered teachers, administrators, school counselors and librarians on Thursday, October 20, 2022. 

This day is designed especially for educators like you, who want to rejuvenate your love for poetry, discover new voices, reconnect with special poems, share your work at open readings, see old friends, and receive a free Poetry Kit for Teachers filled with poems and activities to bring back to your school. 

At the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and in other beautiful and historic spaces around the Downtown Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, poets ranging from U.S. Poets Laureate to young emerging voices will come together for readings and panel discussions that showcase the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary poetry.  

2022 Festival Poets include: 

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

...with more poet names to come! 


[Image description: A Teacher Day attendee at the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival asks poet Sandra Cisneros a question during her session.] Photo by Alex Towle Photography.


Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of attending Teacher Day (including receiving Professional Development Hours for your participation), and the types of events taking place that day:



The deadline to register is Friday, 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. 

Teachers must be employed by an accredited educational institution. 

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

Please review our COVID-19 Safety Policy, which currently will require all Festival goers ages 5 and up to show proof of vaccination and to wear facemasks at all times when indoors (policy is subject to change).



Questions? Contact us at

Best wishes,

Dodge Poetry


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