DC Poets / DC Schools

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 theatrical performance program has expanded to include pre and post performance workshops, stand-alone workshops, and live-virtual performance/workshops. Day Eight can be booked by contacting admin <at> or through the DC Arts and Education Collaborative.

Poet Project finalist Antwone Ross performing January, 2020

Poetry Curriculum for DC Schools

Day Eight is pleased to be able to make available a 9-lesson video poetry curriculum, developed by master educator Regie Cabico with scholar Dr. Jennifer James and participating poets Jon Sands, Kim B Miller, Jeffrey Banks, Marlena Chertock, and R.E.IL, and through support from HumanitiesDC.

Cover of the school book published by Day Eight, 2021

Thanks to support from the Nora Roberts Foundation, Cynipid Fund, and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in 2021 Day Eight produced a book of poetry for free distribution to area schools. 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.) The book was edited by Robert Bettmann.

Writing Camp

Connected to Day Eight’s professional arts journalism fellowship training program, in 2021 the organization created a summer Writing Camp. The week-long camp provides poetry and journalism training to high school aged participants, resulting in publication of participant work.

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.

Check back soon for summer 2022 Writing Camp details.

View more information about the 2021 camp here.