About the Program

The Class of 2019 with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and former Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew at the National Museum of the American Indian, July 17, 2019. Photo credit: Shannon Finney.

Meet the Class of 2019 here or check out the full Press Release for more information!

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. 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’ 2018 Appointment Events were hosted in cooperation with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and held in conjunction with the National Book Festival.

To keep up with the National Student Poets, like the official Facebook page.