The Class of 2012 National Student Poets participated in a ceremony in the Poetry Office at the Library of Congress, where they were presented with their pins. Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine attended the ceremony and later engaged the poets in conversation.
During their year of service, they also attended the National Book Festival, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and enjoyed a private poetry workshop with Edward Hirsch, President of the John Simon Guggenehim Foundation.
Luisa Banchoff led a workshop for teachers during the two-day National Writing Project Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham, AL, to augment her work with students for her community service project.
Miles Hewitt was a featured reader in the Coasts of Idaho reading presented by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, which included authors Gina Ochsner and Paisley Rekdal, and writer Jack Nisbet.
Claire Lee presented her work at the Academy of American Poets’ annual poetry celebration at Lincoln Center, which gathered leading artists, scholars, and public figures to celebrate poetry. She also presented at their high school workshop series for creative teens, and one of her poems was featured in the Academy’s “Poem-A-Day” e-mail campaign during Poetry Month, which reaches an audience of more than 300,000. The Alliance’s partnership with the Academy of American Poets has led to several powerful initiatives between the Academy and NSPP, and it continues to grow and expand.
Natalie Richardson co-led a workshop at the Feed Your Soul high school poetry conference, a partnership between 826michigan and InsideOut Literary Arts Project. The event was open to the public and hosted by the Detroit Public Library. InsideOut also invited her to participate in their Citywide Poets afterschool program at Detroit School of the Arts. Natalie was touched by the strength of the poetry community that she found in Detroit.
Lylla Younes was a featured poet at the All City Poetry Slam Fiesta at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. The event was free and open to all high school students. It included the Albuquerque National Slam Poet Champions, an open mic session, and individual and team slam competitions.