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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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Meet Louis Lafair who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s Southwest Region!

Louis Lafair, 18, is a senior at St. Stephen’s High School in Austin, Texas. He’s been “playing with words” since second grade. Louis translates his love of writing, reading, speaking, connecting, and challenging preconceived notions into all aspects of his life. Read More

Meet Aline Dolinh who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s Southeast Region!

Aline Dolinh, 15, wrote her first real story in first grade, about a group of cats that lived together in a small town and solved mysteries. She doesn’t write that much about talking animals anymore, but she still loves stories that are a little fantastical. Aline is a sophomore at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, and when she was little she wanted to be the world’s first fashion-designer-astrophysicist-author. Read More

Meet Nathan Cummings who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s West Region!

Nathan Cummings, 18, read his first novel at age 3 and has been searching for ways to tell his own stories ever since. A senior at Mercer Island High School, he serves as editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine, Pegasus. Nathan is also a reader for two national teen literary magazines, Polyphony H.S. and The Adroit Journal. Read More

Meet Michaela Coplen who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s Northeast Region!

Michaela, 17, attends Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is the youngest child in a family that includes two Army parents, an ROTC cadet sister, and a farm full of horses. Michaela is the captain of the varsity soccer team; a member of the Model United Nations, the National Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society; and editor-in-chief of the literary publication Young Adult Writers and Poets (YAWP). Read More

Meet Sojourner Ahebee who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s Midwest Region! The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Five outstanding high school poets whose work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise are selected annually for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors.

Sojourner Ahebee, 17, attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she majors in Creative Writing. Though she was born in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, her current hometown is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sojourner’s favorite writers include Junot Diaz, Flannery O’Connor, Warsan Shire, and Ai. Read More