Meet the Poets

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.

The National Student Poets serve as youth poetry ambassadors, spreading poetry to new communities through their community service projects, at National Poetry Month readings and workshops, and via a variety of other opportunities, such as poetry festivals and writers conferences.

Alums of the Program remain connected to their National Student Poets Program community, continuing their service projects after the conclusion of their years of service, as well as mentoring the current Class of Poets, reuniting for poetry writing retreats, and more.

Meet the Class of 2019
Meet the Class of 2018
Meet the Class of 2017
Meet the Class of 2016
Meet the Class of 2015
Meet the Class of 2014
Meet the Class of 2013
Meet the Class of 2012