Student Day of Poetry is our youth program, complete with in-school and field trip arms, at which middle and high school students engage in writing-generative workshops with top poets and educators, enjoy poetry readings, performances, and participate in a student open mic. SDOP has something for everyone, from sonnets to spoken word and everything in between—for the student who isn’t sure they even like poetry to the senior who leads the after-school poetry club. SDOP field trips take place on university campuses and at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival; in-school events are flexible and customizable, taking poets on the road directly into schools across the state throughout the year.

If you are interested in having an in-school Student Day of Poetry at your school, please contact sara@masspoetry.org.

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coming up in fall 2016!

2016 Statewide Student Day of Poetry at UMass Boston
December 15, 2016

UMass Boston will once again host a Student Day of Poetry, this year on December 15.  The day will include group performances, a student open-mic, and writing-generative workshops, allowing students and poets to connect through poetry on a deeper level. Workshop leaders include Aly Pierce, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Domenic Scopa, Hannah Larrabee, Heather Hughes, Jade Sylvan, Jamele Adams (Harlym1two5), Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Militello, Jonathan Mendoza, Karen Sharpe, Kate Glavin, Kelly DuMar, Lewis Reginald Morris, Margaret Young, Matt Miller, Matt Parker, M.P. Carver, MRB Chelko, Neiel Israel, Noah Burton, Princess Moon Chan, Robert Auld, Sam Cha, Sarah McCann, Shari Caplan, Stephen Haven, Taylor Mali, Tim Gager, Zachary Bos and more.

Open to middle and high school students (workshops and open mic will be separated by grade). Please reach out to sara@masspoetry.org to make sure you receive updates and ensure a spot for your school!

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Past field trip events:

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 Events:

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
Photo Album

250 Students | 6 Workshop Leaders


In-School SDOP at Sullivan Middle School
February 2016
Event Website

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
Event Website

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
Event website
 

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.