After attending the incredible Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum, the five National Student Poets filmed and edited their own short film in Central Park entitled, Poets in the Park. Check it out!
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.
Guest post by National Student Poets Program (NSPP) Coordinator, Jeanette Anderson
Growing up in New York City, I remember reading poems on the subway and bus rides to my school located on the outskirts of Manhattan Beach. I braced for the winter winds to whip the water around the school’s steps. I carried Adrienne Rich. I carried Kenneth Koch (especially his great love poem “To Marina”):
Every detail is everything in its place (Aristotle). Literature is a cup
And we are the malted. The time is a glass. A June bug comes
And a carpenter spits on a plane, the flowers ruffle ear rings.
I am so dumb-looking. And you are so beautiful.
This weekend and nearly a decade later, I found myself on the subway with the 2013 National Student Poets. 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
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
Hi! Claire here with (sadly!) the last Poets on Poets blog post featuring National Student Poet Luisa Banchoff, who represents the Southeast region! This summer, Luisa partnered with the DC branch of Writopia Lab as an assistant instructor. Luisa will be attending Princeton University in the fall.
National Student Poet Luisa Banchoff
CL: What was the highlight of your year as a National Student Poet?
LB: Honestly, I’d have to say that it’d be an amalgamation of all the amazing and unique people we got to meet, from Andrea Gibson, Terrance Hayes, and Edward Hirsch.
CL: Could you be a wee bit more specific?
LB: Yes, yes, I know. Well, more specifically, my highlight would be my experience at the National Writing Project: Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, during National Poetry Month. It was so inspiring to meet teachers and hear them share their experiences and challenges in the classroom. Many teachers shared how they struggled to prepare their students for reading comprehension tests while instilling in them a love of literature. Many of the teachers I met shared a genuine desire to nurture a love of literature over the basic nature of getting a test question correct. It was so clear to me how each of them pass on their passion and enthusiasm to their students…I was just really awed by all the passion and enthusiasm.