Class of 2012

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the 2012 National Student Poets, Luisa Banchoff, Natalie Richardson, Claire Lee, Lylla Younes and Miles Hewitt in the Diplomatic Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.)

This was the inaugural class of National Student Poets that forged the path ahead for future classes. This talented group of youth poets had no blueprint upon which to fashion their Year of Service, but the mark they left on their communities with their community service projects, workshops, and readings changed the poetry world around them one stanza at a time.

Read more about the Class of 2012 National Student Poets’ Year of Service
Read the Class of 2012 National Student Poets Program Chapbook

  • Luisa Banchoff Southeast
  • Miles Hewitt West
  • Claire Lee Northeast
  • Natalie Richardson Midwest
  • Lylla Younes Southwest