Bringing Poetry to Life in your Classroom

This page contains information for the Poetry Personal Development workshop at Stockton College. We’re also offering workshops at The College of New Jersey,  South Orange Performing Arts CenterRutgers – Camden Center for the Arts. For information on those other workshops, click on the venue name above. To register for any of the workshops, please click here.

Free Professional Development Workshops for Classroom Teachers

Friday, April 13, 2018
8:30 am- 3:30 pm
Stockton State University

Registration Closes Sunday, April 8, 2018. Please contact the NJPOL State Coordinator with any questions, or to check on the possibility of Late Registration.

Professional Development Credits Available


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Workshop Offerings 
Morning Sessions
8:30-9:30 amWelcomeShare POL Lesson Plans, online resources for poetry recitation.
9:30 am -12:00 noonNew Jersey Poetry Out Loud Coaching Session: Engaging your Classroom in the Performance of PoetryLamont Dixon, NJ Poetry Out Loud Teaching Artists
12:00-1:00 pmLunch on Your Own
Afternoon Sessions
1:00-3:30 pm
Session 1
The Full Closet: Overcoming Writer's BlockCynthia King, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Literature Program
1:00-3:30 pm
Session 2
The Guest House: Residing in the Poet MindEmari DiGiorgio
Professor of Writing, GENS
Workshop Leader Bios


Emari DiGiorgio

Emari DiGiorgio is a recipient of two Vermont Studio Center Residencies, a Sundress Academy of the Arts Residency, a Rivendell Artist Colony Percy Writers Fellowship, and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her first manuscript The Things a Body Might Become has been a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Prize, 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, and Crab Orchard’s First Book Award and Open Competition Series. Poems are forthcoming in HEArt, Pith, and White Stag. She teaches writing at Stockton University and is a visiting Poet-in-the-Schools through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Dodge Foundation.

Cynthia King

Cynthia Arrieu-King is associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China and Manifest, chosen by Harryette Mullen for the Gatewood Prize. Her poems have appeared this year in the tiny, Poetry, TriQuarterly, and CrazyHorse.

Lamont Dixon

Aka Napalm Da Bomb has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry scene for many years, one who often mentors young artists. As a performance poet/teaching artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as “vibepoetics” – an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. Lamont’s poetry has been published in many magazines, his latest book of poetry is Come Ride My Poems and he also appears on various jazz CDs.

About the Workshops

Morning Session

Bringing Poetry to Life in the Classroom

Looking for more ways for your students to connect to poetry? The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Program has lesson plans, tips and tricks for engaging students, and great classroom resources.  Learn how to use performance techniques to deconstruct poems and see how your students can learn on their feet, engaging poetry in new and dynamic ways, and how bringing a teaching artist into your classroom can enhance your classes.

Afternoon Session  (Session 1)

The Full Closet: Overcoming Writer’s Block

Participants will read poems and do exercises that help uncover the many subjects at hand in their lives. We will focus on dispelling the inner voice that hinders our writing, and explore drafting and journaling practices.

Afternoon Session (Session 2)

The Guest House: Residing in the Poet Mind

Rumi writes, “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.” In this ninety-minute workshop, participants will complete mindfulness exercises to develop their close observation skills–as readers and writers–drawing attention to what is present and exploring how one might re-see a moment.



Questions?  Contact Kay Potucek, NJ Poetry Out Loud Coordinator


(609) 292-4606