The 15th Biennial High School Student Day

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Friday, October 24, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Downtown Arts District of Newark, NJ

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.

The poets on High School Student Day are extraordinary—not only in their talent as writers, but in their ability to communicate and connect with students. The atmosphere of the day is one of mutual respect and generosity. Read more about exactly what this day is like in poet Oliver de la Paz’s blog and a bit more in this blog post.

As always, there will be a variety of simultaneous events, including readings, Poets on Poetry sessions, storytelling, musicians and discussions with over 50 poets, from our most celebrated to some of the most promising and engaging younger poets. See what other teachers have said about their experience bringing students here.


Once again, Newark’s Downtown Arts District will be our walkable poetry village alive with readings, music and conversation.  There are a few exciting improvements we want you to know about. The 2014 Festival village will include:

• A wider variety and quantity of food options.
• Added performance spaces and seating on Student Day.
• A beautifully renovated Military Park (across the street from NJPAC) which will feature gardens, walkways and a café.
• Highly discounted NJ Transit tickets available for travel to the Festival.


All high schools are eligible to attend High School Student Day for free. They simply have to complete the registration process.  Pre-registered students and teachers are admitted at no charge.  Spaces are allotted to schools based on the 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.

If you are a high school teacher interested in bringing students to the Dodge Poetry Festival, find out more about the responsibilities and benefits of being a School Coordinator here.

If you’re familiar with the process and would like to go directly to registration, you can do so here.

Wondering what schools have attended in the past? Check them out here. Now, don’t you want to be on that list?

Any questions? Write to us at studentday@grdodge.org

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