Student Day of Poetry is our youth program for middle and high school students, complete with Student Day of Poetry Festivals to spark and strengthen interest and engagement with poetry, and Poet-in-Residence programs providing sustained poetic mentorship. SDOP Festivals change the way middle- and high-school students see poetry, as well as how they feel about themselves and each other. Through writing-generative workshops with top poets educators, poetry readings, performances, and student open mics, SDOP Festivals provide inspiration and instruction at all levels and in all genres of poetry, from sonnets to spoken word and everything in between.

Over the past three years alone, Mass Poetry has produced nine field trip SDOP Festivals attended by a total of 97 schools, and held 27 in-school Festivals. Student surveys show that after one SDOP Festival, 67% of students have a sparked or strengthened interest in reading poetry, and 65% of students have a sparked or strengthened interest in writing poetry. If you are interested in attending a field trip, having an SDOP Festival at your school, or hosting a Poet-in-Residence, please contact sara@masspoetry.org.

Students have said after SDOP Festivals:

“I was inspired to write poetry. I actually went home and wrote poems.”
“I liked all of the different styles of poets and how they each presented such different things in different ways—it showed me there's not just one way of writing poetry.”
“[I learned that] poetry can be more modern and relatable.”
“I learned a lot about myself; that I am capable of writing and creating my own works of poetry.”
“I basically learned how to imagine.”
“I enjoyed listening to the open mic of the kids from our school. It made me look at them in a different way and with much more respect.”
“I learned about metaphor and imagery and the importance of searching for the truth beneath the surface.”

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Join us thursday, december 7 for western ma Student Day of Poetry festival at umass amhesrt

After the success of the 2015 SDOP Festival at UMass Amherst, Mass Poetry is returning for another SDOP Festival for hundreds of students grades 6 - 12. Students will attend two writing-generative workshops of their choice, led by top poet educators, as well as participiate in a performance and an open mic.

Joining us are poets Martín Espada, Dara Wier, Emily Pettit, Dan Chelotti, John Hennessy, María Luisa Arroyo, Kelin Loe, David Feinstein and Jeannine Atkins. Stay tuned as we add more poets to the line-up!

Registration is $100 per school. Email sara@masspoetry.org to sign up your students.

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Past field trip festivals:


Student Day of Poetry Track at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival
May 5, 2017

This SDOP was our third annual festival/SDOP hybrid with group readings, performances, student open mics, and writing-generative workshops, allowing students and poets to connect through poetry on a deeper level. This SDOP hosted nearly 200 students who worked closely with a handful of great poets.

Featuring: Anna Ross, Lisa Mangini, Neiel Israel, Enzo Surin, Regie Gibson, Lindsey O'Neill, Krysten Hill, Robby Auld, Hannah Baker-Siroty, and Laurin Becker Macios


Student Day of Poetry at UMASS Boston
December 15, 2016
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UMASS Boston hosted the 2016 Statewide Student Day of Poetry that reached over 1,000 middle and high school students from more than 30 schools throughout the state.

Workshop Leaders included Aly Pierce, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Hannah Larrabee, Heather Hughes, Jade Sylvan, Jamele Adams (Harlym1two5), Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, Jennifer Militello, Jonathan Mendoza, Kate Glavin, Kelly DuMar, Lewis Reginald Morris, Margaret Young, Matt Miller, Matt Parker, MRB Chelko, Neiel Israel, Princess Moon Chan, Robert Auld, Sam Cha, Sarah McCann, Shari Caplan, Steph DeOrio, Stephen Haven, Taylor Mali, Tim Gager, Tony Toledo and Zachary Bos.


Student Day of Poetry at Greenfield Community College
November 1, 2016
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Greenfield Community college hosted a small-scale Student Day of Poetry that reached over 150 students from 5 different schools.

Workshop Leaders included Amy Gordon, DM Gordon, Doug Anderson, Janet MacFadyen, Jeannine Atkins, Jim Bell, Leo Hwang, Maria Williams, Susie Patlove, Trish Crapo and Hope Schneider.


Student Day of Poetry Track at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival
April 29, 2016
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This SDOP was our second annual festival/SDOP hybrid with group readings and performances and writing-generative workshops, allowing students and poets to connect through poetry on a deeper level. This SDOP hosted nearly 200 students who worked closely with a handful of great poets.

Featuring: Harlym 1two5, Noah Burton, Jennifer Jean, M.P. Carver, Liz Hutchinson, Joey Gould and Laurin Becker Macios


Regional Student Day of Poetry at UMass Amherst
Sponsored by the Five College Consortium
December 18, 2015
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Featuring: Martín Espada, Regie Gibson, Aja Monet
Workshop leaders include: Noah Burton, MRB Chelko, Amy Dryansky, Timothy Gager, Tzivia Gover, Karen Sharpe, Karen Skolfield & more


Regional Student Day of Poetry at UMass Boston
December 15, 2015
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Featuring: Nick Flynn, Aja Monet, Gregory Pardlo
Workshop leaders include: Hannah Brown, Anthony Febo, Timothy Gager, Neiel Israel, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Jonathan Mendoza, Matt Parker, John Ronan, Jade Sylvan, & more


Regional Student Day of Poetry at Bristol Community College in Fall River
December 11, 2015
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Featuring: Jarita Davis, Aja Monet, José Olivarez
Workshop leaders include: Taylor Butts, Maggie Cleveland, Tracy Furtado, Timothy Gager, Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Chrisanne Souza, Heidi Stahl, Matthew Wedlock, & more


Regional Student Day of Poetry at UMass Lowell
December 10, 2015
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Featuring: Ada Limón, Aja Monet, José Olivarez
Workshop leaders include: Noah Burton, Anthony Febo, Timothy Gager, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Jade Sylvan, & more


Regional Student Day of Poetry at Worcester State University
December 9, 2015
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Featuring: Ada Limón, Aja Monet, José Olivarez
Workshop leaders include: Alex Charalambides, Timothy Gager, Karen Sharpe, Heather Treseler, & more


Student Day of Poetry Track at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival
May 1, 2015
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This SDOP Track was a first for Mass Poetry--a festival/SDOP hybrid with group readings and performances, solo readings with Q&As, and writing-generative workshops, allowing students and poets to connect through poetry on a deeper level. This SDOP hosted 350 students who worked closely with a handful of great poets.

Featuring: Harlym 1two5, Noah Burton, Krysten Hill, Jill McDonough, José Olivarez, Lloyd Schwartz, Karen Sharpe, Tara Skurtu, Rachel Wiley, and more.


This video of Student Day of Poetry 2014 at UMass Boston perfectly captures the events and spirit of the day.

Student Day of Poetry 2014
UMass Boston
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1,000+ students from 29 schools

Workshop Leaders (with headliners in bold):
Adam Gottlieb, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Anthony Febo, Ben Berman, Charles Coe, Daniel Evans Pritchard, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Elisabeth Houston, Franny Choi, Gayle Heney, Jade Sylvan, J.D. Scrimgeour, Jamele Adams aka Harlym 1two5, Jennifer Jean, Jill McDonough, Jose Olivarez, Kathleen Maris, Lloyd Schwartz, Maggie Dietz, Marc Paltrineri, Margaret Young, Mark Schorr, Matt Miller, Nate Leland, Phil Kaye, Ralph Pennel, Rhina Espaillat, Sam Cha, Tara Skurtu, Timothy Gager, Victoria Bosch Murray, and Wesley Rothman


In-School Student Day of Poetry

In-School Student Days of Poetry come in many shapes and sizes, and are customized to fit each school's needs and budget. If you're interested in bringing poetry into your school, email sara@masspoetry.org.

Past In-school festivals:


In-School SDOP at John F. Kennedy Middle School
May 2017

100 Students | 3 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Monument Mountain Regional High School
May 2017

120 Students | 3 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Masconomet Regional High School
May 2017

252 Students | 10 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Fowler School
May 2017

16 Students | 1 Workshop Leader | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Swampscott Middle School
April 2017

140 Students | 3 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Newburyport High School
March 2017

650 Students | 12 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Brookline High School
March 2017

108 Students (and 3 Teachers!) | 2 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Innovation Academy Charter School
March 2017

32 Students | 1 Workshop Leader | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Sullivan Middle School
March 2017

175 Students | 1 Workshop Leader | 3 Days


In-School SDOP at Pembroke High School
January 2017

753 Students | 10 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Rockport High School
January 2017

32 Students | 2 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Farr Academy
January 2017

14 Students | 2 Workshop Leaders


SDOP for Detroit Country Day School Students hosted at Salem State University
November 2016

110 Students | 4 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Burlington High School (with guest Billerica High School students)
November 2016

32 Students from 2 schools | 2 Workshop Leaders | Pictures


In-School SDOP at Framingham High School
May 2016

82 Students | 4 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at The Park School
May 2016

50 Students | 2 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at The Edgartown School
April 2016

320 Students | 5 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Village School Marblehead
March 2016
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250 Students | 6 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Sullivan Middle School
February 2016
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150 Students | 1 Workshop Leader | 2 Days

 


In-School SDOP at Brockton Championship High School
January 2016
Event Website | Photo Album

60 Students | 2 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Monomoy Regional High School
January 2016

30 Students | 1 Workshop Leader


In-School SDOP at Oxford High School
January 2016

60 Students | 1 Workshop Leader


In-School SDOP at Carver Middle/High School
November 2015
Event Website | Photo Album

120 Students | 2 Workshop Leaders


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In-School SDOP at Granby Jr. Sr. High School
June 2015
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72 students | 2 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Masconomet High School
May 2015
Event website | Photo Album

710 Students | 12 Workshop Leaders

 


In-School SDOP at Brookline High School
April 2015
Event website | Photo Album

570 Students | 9 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Billerica High School
February, 2015
Event website | Photo Album

720 Students | 12 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Newburyport High School
December, 2014
Event website | Photo Album

810 students | 14 workshop leaders 


In-School SDOP at Masconomet Regional High School
May 2014
Event website | Photo Album

700 students | 12 workshop leaders

 

 

 


In-School SDOP at Pyne Arts Magnet School
March 2014
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120 students | 4 workshop leaders


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In-School SDOP at Newburyport High School
December, 2013
Event website | Photo Album

810 students | 16 workshop leaders 


Student Day of Poetry in the News

Boston Neighborhood Network News | March 2014 | TV Interview with Program Director Laurin Macios
Newburyport News | December 11, 2013 | High School Holds Day of Poetry Tomorrow



Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor today or email Sara Siegel at sara@masspoetry.org for more information. Payments can be made via PayPal (to info@masspoetry.org) or via check (made out to Mass Poetry, mailed to 15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103, Boston MA 02210).

Statewide Support
To sponsor a workshop leader at our Statewide Student Day of Poetry, we ask supporters for a donation of $100 per leader. Sponsors are welcome to bundle these together and support more than one leader at this level. 

To sponsor one of our headliners, gift levels range from $400 - $1000.

To provide the necessary accommodations and supplies for the day, we ask our supporters to consider the following sponsorships:
• Paper and writing instruments: $300
• T-shirts for participants: $500
• Bus transportation: $500
• Lunches for students: $1,000 - $2,500
• Program books: $1,500

Donors will receive recognition in the Student Day of Poetry program book and on our website.

 

In-school Support
Mass Poetry would be incredibly grateful if a donor were willing to sponsor one of our In-school Student Days of Poetry at a school that cannot meet the financial demands of hosting poets. 

To sponsor an In-school Student Day of Poetry in a low-income school, we ask for a donation of $1,000. 

To sponsor a partial In-school Student Day of Poetry, we ask for a donation of $500; this may be combined with other donations to sponsor a full day.

The donor will receive a portfolio of images and poems produced during the day, as well as correspondence from the students who benefited from the program.