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The Youth Poetry Ambassadors pose after a day of performances at the Poetry Foundation. Represented are the National Student Poets Program, Young Chicago Authors, Poetry Out Loud, and the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. Photo by George Gong.

In Chicago, on April 2–3, the National Student Poets Class of 2014 convened at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago to kick off National Poetry Month with a Youth Poetry Assembly. The National Student Poets were joined by their peers representing other programs throughout the nation: Poetry Out Loud, Young Chicago Authors, and the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. The performances were electric, as each of the eleven writers, readers, and performers took to the stage to share their poetry with one another and an open audience of poetry lovers.
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Anja Roy. Sea Ranch. Grade 11, Age 17. Gold Medal, Painting.

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, and since then, it has been celebrated by schools, libraries, literary organizations, publishers, poets, and many others across the country. Last year, we invited all of you to contribute to our poem in commemoration of this special month. The outcome was incredible! Check out the full poem here.

We would love for all of you to join us again this year! Starting April 1, we’ll be asking all of you to contribute a line of poetry of no more than 140 characters based on our word of the day. You can send us your line on Facebook, Twitter, or right here in the comments section. At the end of the month, we’ll combine every single line submitted into one piece of poetry. The poem will be published on our blog, and we’ll also list all of our participants!

Learn more about National Poetry Month here.

We look forward to your submissions! Happy rhyming!

Kelley Gay. Grad 12, Age 17. 2010 Silver Medal, Art Portfolio.

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month has been celebrated since being established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Nonprofits, libraries, businesses and more partake through events and celebrations across the country. This year, we’re commemorating the month by asking YOU (yes, you!) to contribute to our poem.
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