Jurors

Each year, ten notable professionals review the semi-finalists’ work to select the five National Student Poets. Below is a list of jurors who have participated in the adjudication process.

The Class of 2017 with long-time Program supporter and return juror, Edward Hirsch. Photo Credit: Connor Harrigan

2019 Jurors

Kaveh Akbar
Jennifer Benka
Billy Collins
Carrie Fountain
Juan Felipe Herrera
Edward Hirsch
Ilya Kaminsky
Nicole Sealey
Brenda Shaughnessy
Alice Quinn

Past Jurors

Kwame Alexander
Esther Belin
Richard Blanco
Ann Burg
Robert Casper
Cortney Lamar Charleston
Michael Earl Craig
Kyle Dargan
Mayda Del Valle
Toi Derricotte
Martin Jude Farawell
Carolyn Forché
Andrea Gibson
Diana Goetsch
Kimiko Hahn
Joy Harjo
Terrance Hayes
Rickey Laurentiis
Al Letson
Robin Coste Lewis
David Lynn
Adrian Matejka
Marilyn Nelson
January Gill O’Neil
Glenis Redmond
Roger Reeves
Naomi Shihab Nye
Patricia Smith
Rose Styron
Jeff Tweedy
Kerry Washington
Damian Woetzel
Alfre Woodard
Jacqueline Woodson