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.

Led by poet and Folger Poetry Coordinator Teri Cross Davis and poet and author Kim Roberts, Shakespeare's Sisters: Say Her Name explores the poetry of Black women in America from the Black Arts Movement to Cave Canem to recent Poet Laureates.

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.

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.

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. This has been temporarily suspended during the Folger renovation. To see past winners, visit our Folgerpedia archive.