Class of 2014 National Student Poets AnnouncedClass of 2014 National Student Poets Announced

The third class of National Student Poets—Weston Clark, age 16, of Indianapolis, IN; Julia Falkner, age 17, of Louisville, CO; Ashley Gong, age 15, of Sandy Hook, CT; Madeleine LeCesne, age 18, of New Orleans, LA; and Cameron Messinides, age 17, of Greenville, SC—was appointed in September and had their inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. For the next year, they will share their work and engage audiences of all ages in the art of poetry through readings, workshops and other events at museums, libraries, festivals and other venues. All these activities will focus on the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success, as well as celebrating teens as makers and doers.  The Class of 2014’s service projects and events will be held in communities in the five regions of the country represented by each of the student poets. The last class of poets lead poetry workshops with incarcerated women, middle-school students and other audiences, as well as created service projects that used poetry to reach Alzheimer’s patients and another series of workshops for English as a second language students to explore their native languages and cultures through poetry as a path to mastering English.