About the Program

The Class of 2018 of the National Student Poets Program are joined after the private pinning ceremony by the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Kathryn Matthew, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, and special guest, Valerie June. From left to right: (Top row) Ariana Smith, Heather Laurel Jensen, Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Daniel Blokh, and Valerie June. (Bottom row) Dr. Kathryn Matthew and Dr. Carla Hayden.

Exciting News!

The Class of 2018 National Student Poets has been announced! The Poets for 2018 are:

Meet them here!

Read the press release for more information about the Class of 2018!

National Student Poets Program

Annually, five students are selected for one year of service as literary ambassadors, each representing a different geographic region of the country. By elevating and showcasing their work for a national audience, the Program strives to inspire other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors and promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.

The National Student Poets Program—a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers—strives to inspire other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors and promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success. The Program links the National Student Poets with audiences and neighborhood resources such as museums, libraries, and other community-anchor institutions and builds upon the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ long-standing work with educators and creative teens through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Poets’ 2017 Appointment Events were hosted in cooperation with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and held in conjunction with the National Book Festival.

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