NEWARK, NJ -- The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a biennial event held in Newark, NJ. It is the largest poetry event in North America and takes place over four days and brings together the "most-celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists" in the United States. 

On Friday, October 19, a dozen Wardlaw+Hartridge students attended this prestigious festival with chaperones and Upper School English teachers Stephanie Cohen and Julie Hamilton. "High School Student Day" allowed high school students from across the region and the country to listen to readings, ask questions, and learn about craft and creative invention. For wordsmiths and poetry lovers, it was a day that will never be forgotten.

“The Dodge Poetry Festival was a fantastic experience for everyone involved,” said senior Ray Huang of Edison, one of the W+H students on the trip. “Hearing poets such as Jericho Brown, Jenny Xie, Sandra Cisnero, Ross Gay speak about their craft and read their work was both inspirational and educational. I'm sure this festival inspired many an audience member to write their own poetry and prose once they returned home. I realized poetry can serve as a unifying link between different cultures and backgrounds and the experiences we share.”

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Other W+H students who attended the festival included Sanjna Patel of Edison, Ananadi Murlidharan of Edison, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway, Adisa Morgan of Plainfield, Kaeli Montague of West Orange, Kennedy Bugg of Union, Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains, Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Leila Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Kynise Dixon of North Plainfield, Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains and Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel.

The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Avenue in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield.