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Poetry Club

The Poetry Club consists of students from each of the academies at Eastside who gather every Monday in room 22 to read, write, analyze and recite various types of poetry. Guided by Ms. Crater and Mrs. Rogich, the students practice writing and reciting poetry for the joy it brings them as well as to prepare for a poetry festival that they will host in the spring. The club will also open up participation in the festival to students who are interested in poetry but cannot attend the after school club meetings.    

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Poem of the day

Poem of the day and more is available at You can sign up to receive an unpublished poem every day in your inbox.

Poetry contest

Poetry out loud/contest

Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000. 

Paterson Poetry Contest

Students from the academies at Eastside have submitted their entries for this year's poetry competition. Results are usually not available until May.


Students who wish their poetry to appear on the GoPA language arts page should submit it to Mr. Easterbrook,  for consideration.

In Praise of Verse at GOPA

In Praise of Verse at GOPA By Andy Martinez, freshman, School of Government and Public Administration (GOPA)

One of the hidden treasures of the School of Government and Public Administration (GOPA) is the school’s Poetry Club, which meets every Monday afternoon after school. Headed by GOPA ELA Teachers Mrs. Monica Rogich and Ms. Ashley Crater, the Poetry Club encourages poetryloving students to hone their creative skills, as well as explore other poets who may not be familiar to them. From Shakespeare sonnets to rap lyrics, the Poetry Club serves as a haven for students who love to write, read and appreciate verse. Andy Martinez, a newcomer to the club explains, “I believe that our students represent the future, and the world is ultimately depending on us. In addition to our regular school routines, we are busy getting involved in the many clubs and other activities available to us. One for me is Poetry Club. I look forward to every Monday because of its concept and like-minded members.” While GOPA’s English department touches upon writing and expressing one’s self in verse, the Poetry Club picks up and runs with that concept. It enables its members to articulate vividly without fear of judgment. A favorite of this writer and the group has been Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem (among other Poe works), “The Raven.” You can check out the GOPA English Language Arts page, under POETRY FAVORITES, to access a link that will bring you to Poe’s famous poem. The club will be sharing their own works there in the near future, as well. The club is not limited to GOPA students exclusively - anyone can join. Come visit Eastside Campus room 22 on Monday afternoons and connect with the wonderful, meaningful world of poetry. As GOPA Principal Mike Ollo commented, “It means so much to us when our students love our school experiences. This is what we do here!”


Published in the PPS Paterson Post on January 19, 2018.

Poetry Cafe

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Poetry Club at the School of Government and Public Administration hosted a Poetry Café on April 4th.    Over 20 students performed original and well-known poetry in English, Spanish, and French.    Many additional students and teachers joined in and recited poetry on the spot as well.    The media center was transformed into a café where classes could relax and appreciate the poetic performances while enjoying refreshments.   The event was created and organized by English teachers Ms. Monica Rogich and Ms. Ashley Crater.

Poetry Cafe Participants


Poetry Cafe reading

Avagay Gayle reading her poem Black Rose.