Education Resources

DC Poets / DC Schools

Poet Project finalist Antwone Ross performing January, 2020

In 2019, Day Eight launched education programming bringing past finalists and winners of our annual DC Poet Project competition to perform for area schoolchildren. Attendees at performances are provided a grade-standard aligned post-performance workbook. The field-trip performance program has expanded to include pre and post performance workshops, stand-alone workshops, and live-virtual performance/workshops.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to access the service request form.

Poetry Curriculum

Cover of the school book published by Day Eight, 2021

Thanks to support from HumanitiesDC, Day Eight is able to provide nine video spoken word poetry lessons developed by master educator Regie Cabico to schools that request access.

Thanks to support from the Nora Roberts Foundation, Cynipid Fund, and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, we provide a free book of poetry to each student in classrooms that we visit. The book includes poetry by Susan Meehan, Kim B Miller, Ethelbert Miller, Shaquetta Nelson, Kenneth Carroll, John Johnson, Jeffrey Banks, and Kevin Wiggins, and an essay by Tanehisi Coates about DC poet Sterling Brown (by permission of The Washington City Paper.)

Out of School Time Services

Day Eight’s out of school time education programs include the Women and Girls “Write Now” program, LGBT youth and allies after school poetry club, and summer writing camp. Faculty for the 2021 writing camp included Peggy McGlone, Washington Post; Holly Smith, Washington Independent Review of Books; Ebone Bell, Tagg Magazine; Jonetta Rose Barras, The DC Line; Chris Kain, The DC Line; John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts; Jason Cherkis, Huffington Post; Regie Cabico, Capturing Fire; Shaquetta Nelson, Day Eight, Jeffrey Banks, Day Eight, and Robert Bettmann, Day Eight. View more information about the 2021 camp here.