Poetry Education Programs

The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series educational programs enrich the lives of local high school and university students. By introducing the works and voices of established poets to young minds across the city, we hope to inspire and cultivate burgeoning talent in our community.

Poetry in Schools brings locally and nationally renowned poets into the classrooms of Washington, DC public high schools to teach the art of reading, writing, and listening to poetry.

Shakespeare's Sisters educates male and female high school students on female poets from Shakespeare's time to the present and allows them rare access to the library's resources during the ten-week seminar.

The Lannan Fellows program connects selected students from area colleges and universities to attend the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. Complimentary tickets are provided to approximately 45 creative writing undergraduate and graduate students from area universities.

Each year the Folger Shakespeare Library invites students in grades 3 through 12 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to submit original sonnets for the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest. For more information, and to see past winners, visit our Folgerpedia archive.