National Student Poets Program National Student Poets Program

The National Student Poets Program honors student poets and showcases their achievements for a national audience, inspiring other young people to excellence in their creative endeavors. The program draws on the expertise of each of its partners: It reflects the national imprimatur of the President’s Committee, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, community-based network of libraries and museums that will connect the national student poets with audiences and resources in their neighborhoods, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers ’s long-standing work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Each year, the five National Student Poets will be chosen from a pool of outstanding writers, grades 9-1l, who have received a national Scholastic Art & Writing Award for poetry. A national jury of literary luminaries evaluates and recommends the next class of the National Student Poets. The jurors this year included poet, musician, writer Joy, Harjo; poet Richard Blanco; poet Terrance Hayes; Kenyon Review Editor David Lynn; Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America; poet Rose Stryon; and Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literacy Center at the Library of Congress, evaluated and recommended t.

During their year of service, the National Student Poets will promote the appreciation of poetry and the importance of creative expression through readings and workshops at libraries, museums and schools in communities in the five different regions represented by the awardees. Student poets will be announced each summer and introduced at the  l in Washington, DC in September. Each National Student Poet will receive an academic award of $5,000 and an acknowledgement of their accomplishment.

Students in grades 9–11 who are interested in becoming National Student Poets can submit their work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards throughout the fall.

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Class of 2015 National Poets Announced by First Lady Michelle Obama

In a private ceremony at the White House, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Honorary Chair Michelle Obama presented the fourth class of National Student Poets with their pins, signifying their role as poetry ambassadors for the coming year and identifying them as ... Learn More »

Class 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 ... Learn More »