Dalton's Second Annual Poetry Festival Welcomes Award-Winning Poets
The Dalton School hosted its second annual Dalton Poetry Festival December 7-10, 2021, at the 89th Street Library. The event is part of the School’s yearly literary festival, which includes the Dalton Prose Festival each spring.
Organized by Director of the Creative Writing Program Chris Hood and High School Librarian Tobi Fineberg, this year’s event welcomed a group of critically-acclaimed and award-winning poets, headlined by John Murillo and Willie Perdomo. In addition to Murillo and Perdomo, working poets Julia Edwards, Natasha Rao, Sarina Romero, and Meagan Washington joined the festival which included conversations, readings, and masterclasses. "It was wonderful to return to in-person programming for the Poetry Festival and to return with such fabulous poets was just an added bonus," said Fineberg, "and I look forward to a similarly great Prose Festival event in the spring."
The festival kicked off on Tuesday, December 7, with an invitation-only masterclass featuring Perdomo, who later in the evening, welcomed everyone to a conversation and poetry reading.
On Wednesday, December 8, Edwards, Rao, Romero, and Washington hosted a masterclass, and reading/conversation, as well as a private reading with Dalton Advanced Poetry students.
Murillo closed the festival with two days of programming. On Thursday night, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient and Poetry Society of Virginia’s North American Book Award-winning poet hosted a reading/conversation with the audience before returning to Dalton on Friday to host a masterclass, luncheon, and a second reading/conversation.