Date & Time: April 30 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Virtual

Adelphi’s annual Poetry Day invites high school students to attend workshops taught by faculty and includes a poetry contest with an awards ceremony, and more!

Discover and Explore your Passion – Annual High School Special Event Series

On Friday, April 30, 2021, we invite you to embark on a journey of metaphors and similes, creation and exploration, rants and raves, snaps and claps and infinite fun! You will enjoy workshops taught by our acclaimed faculty, an awards ceremony to unveil the poetry winners and more. As in years past, students can participate in an open-mic poetry slam that is sure to be electric.

The maximum number of students allowed to participate in Poetry Day is 20 students per school. The event is free and open to all high school grade levels and will be held virtually this year.

Keynote Speaker

Cynthia Dewi Oka

Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage: Poems (Northwestern University, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, 2nd ed. (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). Her work has appeared in espnW, Hyperallergic, Guernica, Academy of American Poets’ American Poets magazine, The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Wildness, Scoundrel Time, The Massachusetts Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and elsewhere.

She is a contributor to the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR, 2018), Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University, 2018) and What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University, 2019). Her work has also been selected for the Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology (Blue Sketch, 2017).

As a 2017 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grantee, she partnered with Asian Arts Initiative to create Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets, based in Philadelphia. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award.

Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.


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Virtual Poetry Day Student Contract

All students must have a signed Poetry Day Student Contract by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in the event. This form will be provided upon registration.

Poetry Contest

To submit poetry to the poetry contest, please be sure to follow the instructions listed below. Any materials received that are not in accordance with these guidelines may be disqualified.

  • Students may submit up to five pages (single-sided) of poetry (one poem per page for a maximum of five poems).
  • The following information must appear on the front page of the student’s manuscript:
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • High school
    • Teacher
    • Title of manuscript
  • The following information must appear on each page of poetry:
    • Student’s name
    • High school
    • Student’s grade
  • Students must participate in Poetry Day to receive an award. All students must attend Poetry Day with a faculty advisor.
  • All Poetry Contest submissions must be emailed as a PDF document to by Friday, March 26, 2021 with the subject “Poetry Contest”. We cannot open Google or Microsoft Word documents.

This event is part of the Annual High School Special Event Series. Learn more about Adelphi’s English and Creative Writing Department.

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