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!

"Speed Demon," Charles Roushey. Grade 7, Age 12. Gold Medal, AMD Game Changer Award, Video Game Design.

From Guest Blogger John Kollmer, Video Game Extraordinaire

Gone are the days when video games were merely a form of entertainment and a bane to every parent’s attempt to get their kid to do their homework. Today, students of all ages can apply their love of gaming to prepare for 21st century careers. You can explore climate patterns and outer space; learn about the government and international relations; and even propose plans for saving the planet’s expendable resources – all through video games.
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Cody Castro, "Practice, by chance." START.WRITE.NOW. on Flickr.

Today, September 15, is the day you’ve been waiting for all summer long – the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open for submissions! Have you been working on a short story this summer or perhaps trying a new type of art form or maybe you made your first video game or produced a film or fabricated a piece of jewelry or took photographs or drew a beautiful picture or wrote a play? Well, we can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

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Primary Role: As Manager of External Relations, Nora works on events such as the annual Gala, Now Showing, and ART.WRITE.NOW. She is also involved in alumni-related efforts like the Atelier, in which six alumni artists created work in a downtown storefront for two weeks. In addition, Nora manages the Alliance’s archive and oversees all of the Alliance’s blog and social media efforts. Every time you see a Facebook update, tumblr post or tweet – that’s her!

Secret Fact: Nora continues to practice photography, which she studied in college. You can see her work at Aside from her own site, she runs a website about the history of rock in New York City, Nora is also currently learning how to play the mandolin and how to pickle.
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Esther Boller, "Hear the Silence"

Esther Boller has won Scholastic Awards the past three years in a row, including Gold Keys in fashion and photography. She was also an American Visions nominee. In the video after the jump, Esther talks about her work, including an incredible video she created while at the Fort Wayne Museum of Arts’ Dedicated Summer Arts Program (which she attended as an ASAP Award winner!). You can see some of Esther’s work on her blog:
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People's Choice Prize

We’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the creative things everyone was been up to this summer on START.WRITE.NOW. From the imaginative contributions to the collaborative story to the inspired pictures you’ve shared with us on Flickr, it’s been wonderful to have so many participate in this fun summer initiative. We’re about to take it a step further. Submit your photos to our online contest – you could be our first People’s Choice winner!
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