The Dodge Poetry Program is welcoming submissions from poets of all backgrounds and orientations who would like to join our roster of Dodge Poets.
Dodge Poets visit high schools around New Jersey to share poems and engage in conversations about poetry with students, celebrating poetry as a living art form. They also facilitate groups, give readings, host events, and meet with us to review and discuss their experiences in the field and the impact of our programs.
Dodge Poetry is shifting its resources to focus on some of New Jersey’s most economically stressed areas and school districts. We hope to build a community of Dodge Poets that more fully reflects the great diversity of our state, and particularly of the young people (ages 14 to 18) from those selected areas.
We encourage submissions from groups that are often under-represented in the poetry traditionally taught in high schools, such as African-American, Latinx, Asian-American, Native-American, Middle-Eastern, and Indigenous writers; disabled writers; and writers from the LGBTQ community.
We believe young people more deeply engage with any subject or art that sheds light on their own experience and affirms their identities. We hope to foster a personal connection to poetry as a vital art made by living artists, one that is available to deepen our creative, emotional and imaginative lives.
We believe that poets who simply are themselves and share their love for poetry accomplish one of our major goals: making young people aware that there are living, breathing practitioners of this art in their midst who are like them. This may be especially important to those who rarely see their identities reflected in the poetry and literature they are assigned to study.
How to apply
If you are a New Jersey or regional poet whose work and life goals include sharing your passion for poetry with young people and believe your own poetry and life experiences can help Dodge Poetry reach its goals, then we invite you to take the first step toward joining us by submitting.
To avoid creating false expectations, we want to be clear that this is not an invitation to apply for full or part-time employment. Individual poets are sent into the schools at most a few times in any given academic year. We are committed to treating visiting artists as professionals, and typically offer a per diem of $300, and, in some cases, a small stipend for travel.
You should also be aware that Dodge Poetry school visits aren’t workshops—they are opportunities for students to engage with contemporary poets by hearing original poetry aloud, and having free-ranging conversations with poets about their work, lives, practices, what motivates and inspires them, and whatever else arises.
If you’ve already worked with us in any of our school or teacher programs, there’s no need to apply; you’re already on our roster. We’re looking to expand our pool of poets and welcome your referrals.
The deadline to apply is September 1, 2019. Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation that we received your application. By the week of December 9, every applicant will hear back from us regarding whether we will be inviting them to join the roster for the coming year.
Once you begin this online application, you will be asked for the following materials:
- Work sample (approx. 20 pages of original poetry, 12 point standard font)
- Files or links to audio/video recordings of you reading your poetry
- Digital or hard copies of any published book(s) you may have
- Cover letter
- Description of relevant experience
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (973) 695-1190.
Please note that this is not a submission form for the 2020 Dodge Poetry Festival. To learn more about applying to read at the 2020 Festival, please visit this page on our website.