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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HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

Part 2 of our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with artist Haoran Xu and writer Sandra Chen. Haoran’s pieces mix the future and the past to create new worlds and possibilities, while Sandra focuses her writing on the issues facing women today.

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GEORGE GILPIN, (2017) Clyde Glatter @ The Batcave, Photography. Grade 12, Mary McDowell Friends School, Brooklyn, NY

GEORGE GILPIN, (2017) Clyde Glatter @ The Batcave, Photography. Grade 12, Mary McDowell Friends School, Brooklyn, NY

You are cordially invited to the opening reception celebrating NYC’s most creative teens. Come enjoy student readings, art and button making, an exhibition of student art and writing, and more!

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Art jurors for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reviewing works

Art jurors for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reviewing works

February is a busy time of year for the national office of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This is when we gather dozens of leaders in the fields of art and literature to judge all of the works that received a Gold Key, our highest regional honor, in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. All Gold Key works are forwarded by our local Affiliate Partners to New York City for national judging, where they will be reviewed by creative professionals such as painters, poets, video game designers, book editors, museum directors, and authors. Jurors read thousands of works and review thousands of images in order to select the works that receive National Medals.

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The Alliance for Young Artist & Writers is proud to introduce Erica Berry, Trace DePass, Erick A. Hernandez, Kira Keck, Lynn Kim, and Grace Sachi Troxell as its 2019 Alumni Microgrant recipients, selected by judge Kenseth Armstead. Currently in its fourth year, the Alumni Microgrant Program awards up to $1,000 to support the projects of past Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients in any and all creative fields. Read on to learn more about the inspired projects of these artists and writers.

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Alumnus Antonio Pulgarin shows off the Gold Key he received in 2007 during his trip to Colombia for a photo shoot.

Alumnus Antonio Pulgarin shows off the Gold Key he received in 2007 during his trip to Colombia for a photo shoot.

After many months of hard work, of editing and revising, and of crossing fingers, the time to find out whether a work has received a Gold Key has finally arrived! Students across the country and around the globe spent hours making their creations, and it was our privilege to view and read them all. So, without further ado, here are the 2019 Gold Key recipients!

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