Back with THE BIG IDEA this week is alum Alexandra Franklin! Alexandra received a Scholastic Award in 2010 for her writing portfolio, and returned in the following year to edit The Best Teen Writing of 2011! Having just recently arrived in New York City to begin studies for her master’s degree at The New School, Alexandra joined me on the Scholastic Greenhouse terrace to share her thoughts.

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Inaugural National Student Poet and Northeast Representative, Claire Lee, returns to the AYAW blog to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets for her “Poets on Poets” series.

This week’s interview is with National Student Poet and Southeast Representative, Aline Dolinh!

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Taking a leaf from her inspiring forebear, 15-year-old Isabelle Breier wrote a compelling essay about pioneering journalist Nellie Bly—and earned this year’s American National Tree Award essay contest! Isabelle is 15 and a rising 11th grader at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. We’ll be back with more about her, her essay and the amazing Nellie Bly on September 17 – National Constitution Day! Isabelle will join the National Constitution Center in celebrating the addition of Nellie Bly to the American National Tree exhibit.

Check back on September 17 to learn more—and while you’re at it, you can register for the 2015 Scholastic Awards!

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Inaugural National Student Poet and Northeast Representative, Claire Lee, returns to the AYAW blog to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets for her “Poets on Poets” series.

This week’s interview is with National Student Poet and West Representative, Nathan Cummings!

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Loretta Lopez: THE BIG IDEA.

Today we bring you the second installment of THE BIG IDEA with writer and alum Loretta Lopez! Loretta, a Guadalajara native, was a 2010 Gold Medal Writing Portfolio recipient and the editor of The Best Teen Writing of 2013. Currently residing in Austin, TX, watch the video above to hear this young alum talk about her inspiration, current projects and a sometimes collaborative creative process!

You can also take a look at Loretta’s tips for staying cool and creative in the summer months HERE!

2013 resident Timothy H. Lee installs his work in the window.

2013 resident Timothy H. Lee installs his work in the window.

Call for Proposals: Special Opportunity for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni!

Performance artists, poets, digital sculptors, biotechnologists, writers – alumni working in any genre – we want to invite you to apply to the Art.Write.Now POP-UP! A week-long residency, the pop-up will feature one Scholastic Awards alum creating work in the main Scholastic Store display window.

Location: Soho, NYC
Dates: September 21 – September 27, 2014
Deadline for proposals: August 25, 2014
Costs & Support: No costs. $1,000 stipend and material support

Application Process: Please send all materials to courtney@artandwriting.org Read More