Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Poetry Day

Poetry Day

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

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 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 writer, performer and educator Ellen Hagan as this year’s keynote speaker.

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

2019 Keynote Speaker: Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan’s latest collection of poetry, Hemisphere, was published by Northwestern University Press in Spring 2015. She recently signed a book deal with Bloomsbury for Write Like a Girl, an upcoming young adult collaboration with Renée Watson, set for publication in February 2019. Hagan’s poems and essays can be found on, in the pages of Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch and Southern Sin. Her first collection of poetry, Crowned, was published by Sawyer House Press in 2010.

Elle Hagan HeadshotHagan’s performance work has been showcased at the New York International Fringe Festival and Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She is the recipient of the 2013 NoMAA Creative Arts Grant and received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts. National arts residencies include Hopscotch House and Louisiana ArtWorks, and she has been on the poetry faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan College in their low-residency M.F.A. program.

Hagan is the director of the poetry and theater departments at DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat at Adelphi University.

A proud Kentucky writer, Hagan is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Women and is co-founder of the girlstory collective. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.


Wednesday, May 1

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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All faculty and students must have a signed Camera Release Form by a parent or legal guardian. The forms will be collected at check-in on the day of the event.

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 29, 2019 with the subject “Poetry Contest”.
Learn more about Adelphi’s English and Creative Writing department.

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