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Studio 360′s Summer Poetry Challenge: Battle of the High School Bards

We want to hear your voices! Don’t leave your best work inside a notebook – send it to us!

We’re looking for poetry by current or rising 9th to 12th grade high school students. Studio 360 will post a featured submission online every week, and rising poetry star Dorothea Lasky will pick a winner live on the show!

Your assignment
Write a poem on the theme of summer. Your poem can be rhymed, free verse, blank verse, spoken-word, whatever you choose.

How to Submit
All rising 9th to 12th grade high school students are invited to submit. You do not need to have won a Scholastic Art & Writing Award to participate. Both text and audio submissions will be accepted. Visit Studio 360 to upload your work.

The deadline is August 18. Read More

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The 2013 Class of National Student Poets (from the left: Nathan Cummings; Louis Lafair; Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee; Aline Dolinh) enjoy their time in New York City for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events.

We are still reeling from a dynamic and rich Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events week in New York City! During the Events, the 2013 Class of National Student Poets led workshops with third and fourth graders at Harlem Academy, walked across Carnegie Hall’s legendary stage and presented their community service projects with passion at the Saturday Student Showcase at the Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibition, which took place at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School for Design and Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  These exhibitions featured over 1,000 visual and literary award-winning works from students in grades 7 through 12. This week, the National Student Poets will join other accomplished youth poets at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO! Read More

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

In honor of the late poet, take a look at this Time.com guide to Maya’s most beloved books and listen to this interview with Terry Gross (via NPR Fresh Air)

On her official website, Maya’s son writes:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson

May you rest in peace.

Winter Tangerine Review, Volume 1

Winter Tangerine Review, Volume 1

To kick off summer, Winter Tangerine Review will be holding a poetry reading at the Poets House as part of its “Poets in NYC” Summer Reading Series! Winter Tangerine Review is a print literary & arts journal founded by Yasmin Belkhyr, an eight-time Scholastic medalist and student in NYC. WTR is dedicated to publishing evocative, electric poetry, prose, dramatic writing, visual art and short films.

The event will feature National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee, three-time medalist Alexa Derman, Gold Senior Portfolio winners Jackson Trice and Hanel Baveja, and poets Shinji Moon, Melissa Cundieff-Pexa, Rebecca Kerr, Sarah LeWarn, and Gabriel Cabera.

There will be amazing poetry, hummus, guacamole, cookies, and a killer view of the Hudson River. The event will be at the NYC Poets House (10 River Terrace New York, NY, 10282) on June 7th from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

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April Sojourner

April 24-25, 2014: Partnering with the Ohio Center for the Book, National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee was a featured reader and led poetry workshops at three Cleveland library branches, including the Carnegie West Library, the Main Library downtown and the Langston Hughes Library. Before she departed on Friday, April 25, she led a poetry workshop for students at Collinwood High School.

April Nathan

April 4-5, 2014: National Student Poet Nathan Cummings led four classroom workshops for 7th graders at Bryant Middle School. On April 5, he led a public workshop at the Salt Lake City Public Library and read with poets Sara Cove and Willy Palomo.

April Aline

April 24, 2014: Partnering with the Kentucky Arts Council, National Student Poet Aline Dolinh was a featured reader at Kentucky Writers’ Day in the Capitol Building! There, she read with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X.Walker and later led a poetry workshop with high school students at Western Hills High.

April Louis

April 3-6, 2014: In addition to writing the prologue for the Austin International Poetry Festival Youth Poetry Anthology, National Student Poet Louis Lafair was a featured reader and kicked off the Youth Anthology release party with his poetry and words of encouragement for students attending. The 22nd Annual Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) April 3-6, 2014, is a four-day citywide, all-inclusive celebration of poetry and poet open to the public. It has grown to become “the largest non-juried poetry festival in the U.S.”

April Michaela

April 10-12, 2014: In partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Arts Council, National Student Poet Michaela Coplen led workshops for 7th graders at Edmunds Middle School and visited Vermont’s only correctional facility for women, Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, where she led a poetry workshop. Director of Programs, Kimber Craine, of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, accompanied Michaela. On April 11, Michaela led the State Devotional by reading her own poetry at the House of Chambers in Montpelier, VT. She received a standing oviation. Immediately after the Devotional, Michaela led a poetry workshop for 11th grade students at Montpelier High School. That night, she read with the Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

What an incredible April of travel, poetry and celebration. Collectively, the National Student Poets clocked over 2,600 miles of travel across the country last month to reach more students, connect with educators and share their love of poetry. Read the full National Poetry Month Press Release here, special feature in the April edition of Poets & Writers magazine and flip through the National Student Poets Program Facebook Page for fun event photos (you may even spot a celebrity or two!). Read More

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Contour by Luis Zepeda, 2014 Gold Medal Art Portfolio

Have you ever had a dream where you find yourself naked at school? While that may be a nightmare for most, Luis Zepeda likes to infuse his works with a touch of humor, which in his 2014 Gold Medal Art Portfolio, the humor comes from a nude Zepeda. More of his work is shown below. Shannon Daniels aims to communicate acute observations about her family based on her experiences growing up with a strong link to her parents and grandparents in New York City. “Persimmon peels left on the kitchen table. The chipped keys of a piano that is out of tune. Everyday objects like these reveal whole histories of the people who use, save, and discard them.” says Daniels.

Daniels, a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, continues to describe her portfolio in her writers statement: “To approach and relay my encounters with giant, ubiquitous beasts – death, racism, and poverty – I have learned to begin with the ordinary, the small. From hearing family stories over the kitchen table to grocery-shopping in Chinatown market stalls, I’ve discovered that moments that are dismissed as banal or mundane can unfold daily, unspoken truths.” You can read excerpts from her pieces Scale (below) and Ars Poetica (following Luis’ work). Read More