About the Program

Meet the Class of 2017 Poets!

The next Class of National Student Poets has been selected for the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Meet them here!

The Class of 2017 at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera, and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. (From left: Dr. Carla Hayden, Ben Lee, Annie Castillo, Kinsale Hueston, Juliet Lubwama, Camila Sanmiguel, Alfre Woodard, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

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.

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