On Wednesday, May 22, the English Department at Dover-Sherborn High School, with the support of the Dover Sherborn Education Fund and in conjunction with Mass Poetry, welcomed 12 poets to a day of readings and poetry workshops.
The junior class chose from a menu of workshops such as “Imitation Poems,” led by Casey Roland, “Anatomy of a Name” led by Kofi Dadzie, and “Spoken Word and Youth Poetry Slam 101” led by Alex Charalambides, and “Inspiration” led by former National Slam Poet Regie Gibson.
The day culminated in an Open Mic where students were invited to share their work with their peers, poets and teachers.
Superintendent Andy Keough noted that Student Day of Poetry was “another example of the innovative teaching that takes place in this district on a regular basis. Our students are incredibly fortunate to have opportunities like these to learn about creativity and writing from experts in the field,” and he recognized “Gretchen Donohue as well as the faculty and building leadership for embracing such powerful and extraordinary learning experiences.”
The English Department will apply for another DSEF grant for the 2019-2020 school year, and they hope Student Day of Poetry will become an annual or biennial event at the high school.