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Poetry Week at ETHS: April 3-7


Poetry Week 2017  
Evanston Township High School celebrates National Poetry Month with its 16th annual Poetry Week to be held April 3-7. ETHS Poetry Week activities are designed to inspire students as they listen to poet presenters, write poems in workshops, and perform their poems. Students in all grade levels are involved in this positive, inclusive experience of poetry appreciation.


This year’s theme, “Page is the Stage,” was created by ETHS students in LeTay Jervis’ English class. The theme is also illustrated by graphics created in ETHS visual arts classrooms. The button design is by ETHS junior Nicole Kezdy from Petra Maton’s cartooning class. The poster design is by ETHS junior Grace Fabbri from William Simos’ graphic design class.


ETHS teachers are also invited to sign up their classes for events held throughout Poetry Week. Featured presenters for 2017 Poetry Week will include:


  • Ross Gay – assistant professor at Indiana University who has published three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award. Gay will debut at ETHS Poetry Week as a poet presenter.
  • Adam Gottlieb – poet/emcee, teaching-artist, musician, and community organizer who is co-founder of Royal Soul's Open Mic. Joining ETHS Poetry Week for the fifth year, Gottlieb performs, conducts writing workshops, and emcees the event’s Open Mic session.
  • Parneshia Jones – ETHS alumna and award-winning poet who works for Northwestern University Press. Jones will perform and teach a writing workshop.
  • Rachel Jamison Webster –  author and writing professor at Northwestern University who has co-edited two anthologies of writing by young Chicagoans and edited an online anthology of international poetry. Webster will teach writing workshops for ETHS Poetry Week for the third year.


Poetry Week will also include performances by the ETHS Poetic Justice team. The week culminates with an Open Mic session where students may read their poems or listen to poetry by their peers. ETHS Little Kits, preschool children of staff, kick off Open Mic with a poem they learned to recite. ETHS students are also offered a light lunch at Open Mic thanks to support from the Northwestern University Partnership Office.


For more information contact Shari Iverson, ETHS Instructional & Informational Specialist, at  

Poetry Week Poster 2017