Year of Service

Anna Lance during National Poetry Month events in a Montana elementary school.

Chasity Hale (Southwest) was invited to read and participate in the advanced writing workshop, Block by Block, in Georgia, at the Ralph M. Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. She also visited numerous Savannah public schools conducting poetry workshops with students in grades 6 through 12.

De’John Hardges (Midwest) partnered with the Ohio Center for the Book to conduct hip hop workshops and readings at the Cleveland Public Library. These workshops focused on building a sense of community, about which he is incredibly passionate.

On April 9, Eileen Huang (Northeast) was an official speaker at Tedxnavesink. She then conducted a library tour in New Hampshire, a new site for the National Student Poets Program. On April 27, Eileen was a featured reader at the 14th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Anna Lance (West) headed to Montana in April for a two-city poetry tour of Missoula and Billings. Her events included readings, workshops, and high school visits. Her partners were Second Wind; Flathead Reservation; Arts Without Boundaries; Celebration of the Arts; and numerous local high schools.

David Xiang (Southwest) traveled to Oklahoma, where he worked with Jason Poudrier, a veteran and a poet, to conduct workshops and readings with local veterans’ centers and in schools where the students are children of military families.