The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conduct a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic's headquarters in New York City.

The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conducts a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York City.

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Every year during National Poetry Month, poetry lovers are asked to carry a poem with them in their pocket and share it with others in conversation, through email, or even on social media (use #pocketpoem)!

If you haven’t decided on which poem to carry with you today, then you should check out the 2018 National Student Poets! Here they are reading their own original poetry. Feel free to share these videos with your friends!

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The 2018 National Student Poets celebrate in Washington, D.C., during their Appointment Events. (Photo by Shannon Finney)

The 2018 National Student Poets celebrate in Washington, D.C., during their Appointment Events. (Photo by Shannon Finney)

Every year during National Poetry Month, the National Student Poets travel the country as literary ambassadors, spreading their love of poetry with communities throughout the United States.

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The 2018 National Student Poets visit the stacks at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., during their Appointment Events. (Photo by Shannon Finney)

The 2018 National Student Poets visit the stacks at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., during their Appointment Events. (Photo by Shannon Finney)

Ever since the current class of National Student Poets were announced last August and were appointed as literary ambassadors in Washington, D.C., they’ve been working hard to spread their love of poetry through readings and workshops while also planning for 2019. Let’s take a look back at the 2018 National Student Poets, and see what they have in store for us next year!

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The Class of 2017 at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera, and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. (From left: Dr. Carla Hayden, Ben Lee, Annie Castillo, Kinsale Hueston, Juliet Lubwama, Camila Sanmiguel, Alfre Woodard, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

The Class of 2017 at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera, and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. (From left: Dr. Carla Hayden, Ben Lee, Annie Castillo, Kinsale Hueston, Juliet Lubwama, Camila Sanmiguel, Alfre Woodard, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

On August 31, the new Class of National Student Poets was appointed at the Library of Congress in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, the Student Poets were treated to a whirlwind of events celebrating their achievement. From library tours to workshops with esteemed poets, the Class of 2017 had an experience they won’t soon forget.

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The National Student Poets pose backstage at Carnegie Hall before the 2017 National Ceremony with Dick Robinson, President of Scholastic Inc., comedian Amy Schumer, actresses Ellie Kemper and Allison Williams, YouTube personality Hunter March, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Scholastic)

The National Student Poets pose backstage at Carnegie Hall before the 2017 National Ceremony with Dick Robinson, President of Scholastic Inc., comedian Amy Schumer, actresses Ellie Kemper and Allison Williams, YouTube personality Hunter March, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Scholastic)

The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. As poetry ambassadors, the Student Poets promote the important role of poetry in society through workshops, readings, and events. These past few months have been filled with exciting opportunities for the Student Poets—from jamming out with other teen poets at the Aspen Ideas Festival to being celebrated onstage at Carnegie Hall, it’s been a thrilling ride!  Read More

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Class of 2016 National Student Poets outside of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery where they read their original persona poems

Class of 2016 National Student Poets outside of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery where they held their inaugural public reading

On September 8, the Class of 2016 National Student Poets were honored in an appointment ceremony at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. After the ceremony, the students gave their first public reading at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Each Student Poet read an original persona poem inspired by a work of art from museums in their hometowns: the Baltimore Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

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