Guest post by National Student Poets Program (NSPP) Coordinator, Jeanette Anderson

Growing up in New York City, I remember reading poems on the subway and bus rides to my school located on the outskirts of Manhattan Beach. I braced for the winter winds to whip the water around the school’s steps. I carried Adrienne Rich. I carried Kenneth Koch (especially his great love poem “To Marina”):

Every detail is everything in its place (Aristotle). Literature is a cup

And we are the malted. The time is a glass. A June bug comes

And a carpenter spits on a plane, the flowers ruffle ear rings.

I am so dumb-looking. And you are so beautiful.

This weekend and nearly a decade later, I found myself on the subway with the 2013 National Student Poets. Read More

October 3 AYAW Book Launch[3]

On October 3rd, we partied like it was 2013—The Best Teen Writing of 2013, to be specific! Our book launch party for the newest edition of our annual anthology of Award-winning writing featured guest host, WNYC Radio host Brian Lehrer, who interviewed Loretta López, 2010 Portfolio Gold Medalist and the book’s Editor. Here’s a brief excerpt:

In your introduction you write about the role of technology today and our quick access to information. Can you speak more about that?
A lot of our experiences right now are very passive, about just watching. What I love about this book is that every writer in this book took the time to sit down, face themselves and pay attention; be frustrated in the process of writing and I like that.

Did you find frustration in the writing process? You told me you are writing a novel. What is your approach to writing?
I realized a while ago that if you just wait for inspiration to hit you you’re going to wait a long time. I write every day for at least two hours– I force myself and set my alarm. Then I go out and see people, return and dive back into a fantastical world I’m creating. Read More

Stopping Time by Alison Concannon, 17, Omaha, NE. 2013 American Visions Award.

Alison Concannon. Stopping Time. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 American Visions Award, Drawing.

Take time out of your busy schedule to join us for a signature event: Words & Lines! This FREE reading at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery will feature Award-winning poet (and national poetry juror) Aracelis Girmay; Fantasy Novelist and 2004 Portfolio Gold Medalist Jaida Jones; Poetry Board Member, The Harvard Advocate, and 2011 Portfolio Gold Medalist Kevin Hong; Founder and Editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal and 2013 Portfolio Silver Medalist Peter LaBerge.

You’ll hear poetry and prose, enjoy refreshments, and have the unique opportunity to peruse the Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s exclusive exhibit of the 2013 Scholastic American Visions and Voices Awards! Read More

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By Timarie Harrigan, Manager of Development & External Relations

This is a busy time of year for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, but a good busy. We’re getting ready to celebrate this year’s class of creative teens, our 90th Anniversary Year, and a bright and growing future for the Awards. (Did you know we hit a record number of 230,000 submissions this year?) This year is big, and we’re looking forward to doing it up in a big way at our 90th Anniversary Benefit on May 31.

Here are the basic deets:

90th Anniversary Benefit & Silent Auction
The Edison Ballroom
May 31, 2013

7:00pm – Cocktails & Silent Auction
8:00pm – Dinner & Program
9:30pm – After Party (yay!)

With so many influential, creative Scholastic Awards alums, our Silent Auction will be featuring alumni work exclusively. Read More

Webcast Celebration (cropped)

By Alana Benoit, Manager of National Programs

For the first time ever, in celebration of our 90th Anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the 2013 National Awards Ceremony LIVE from Carnegie Hall on May 31 at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST. That means YOU can join in! We’re working hard to make this event extra special for everyone, including those who are unable to be at Carnegie Hall. We’re broadcasting this event with all of you in mind!

On May 31, we will be joined by special guests Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen to honor National Awards winners from across the country; recognizing their achievement and the commitment of teachers, friends and supporters that help make the Awards possible. We hope you’ll share this incredible moment with us by watching the Ceremony on our Webcast page. Read More

Are you curious about how to use your art to change the world? Are there causes you care about that cry out for a fresh and creative approach? For the next week—from April 8 through the 15th , the Gallatin Arts Festival at NYU invites you to explore these ideas and see what young artists, playwrights, and musicians like you are doing. On April 9, for instance, catch the film “A Bird and a Bolt,” about visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, or fasten your seat belt as you see freshman Connor Sedlacek and his team turn the video game Minecraft into a myth-like play! This amazing array of events are all FREE–all you need is reservations. Check out their Facebook page or view this video to see some of the highlights. Enjoy—and let us know what you think!