Wednesday, April 25, 2018
8:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Poetry Day

Poetry Day

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

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 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 inventive keynote speaker, 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. This event features African American poet, author and playwright winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers, Patricia Spears Jones.

The event is free and open to all high school grade levels and is held at Adelphi’s Garden City campus.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Patricia Spears Jones

Patricia Spears Jones is an African American poet and playwright winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015) which was Finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Patterson Poetry Prize and featured a Pushcart Prize winning poem. She also has 10 additional publications: poetry books, chapbooks and anthologies. Her poems are anthologized in Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016: 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; Truth to Power: Writers Respond to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; Resisting Arrest: poems to stretch the sky; Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry; Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry; broken land: Poems of Brooklyn; and Best American Poetry, 2000. Her poetry is featured on The Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets web sites and in online and print journals: African Voices, The Agni Review, Bomb, Barrow Street, The Brooklyn Rail, Callaloo, Cutthroat, EOAGH, Catamaran Literary Reader, The Recluse,, Fifth Wednesday, The Oxford American, Taos: Journal of the Arts, The Southampton Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House, and Upstreet. Her poem “Lave” was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art for the Poetry Suite accompanying Jacob Lawrence: The Migrations Series in 2015.

Mabou Mines, the internationally acclaimed theater company, commissioned and produced ‘Mother’ and Song for New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting both premiered in New York City with composers respectively, Carter Burwell and Lisa Gutkin. She has collaborated with diverse composers and performers including Julie Patton, Jason Kao Hwang, Oliver Lake, Carolee Schneemann, Lenora Champagne and Ras Moshe Burnett.


Wednesday, April 25

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration + Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Workshop I

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Workshop II

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch/Poetry Slam

12:30 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Keynote Address

1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Poetry Contest Awards Presentation


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Poetry Contest Submissions

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 to by Friday, March 23, 2018 with the subject “Poetry Contest”.
Please email your signed Photo Release Form to or you must bring them the day of the event. Learn more about Adelphi’s English and Creative Writing department.

This event is part of the Annual High School Special Event Series.