First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on September 23. By Brittany Sullivan.

We’re thrilled to introduce Sojourner Ahebee, Michaela Coplen, Nathan Cummings, Aline Dolinh and Louis Lafair – the second annual class of literary ambassadors for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work. The program, a signature initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, promotes and celebrates young people as makers and doers who can engage audiences of all ages in the art of poetry.

They had an amazing first weekend to kick off their one year of service. Coming from all across the country, the five distinguished poets met for the first time in Washington DC.  There, they not only were able to read their work at the National Book Festival but they also met First Lady Michelle Obama! Read More