The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partnered to present the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for young poets (grades 10–11) presenting original work.
The Class of 2017 National Student Poets was appointed in Washington, D.C., on August 31, 2017, in an Appointment Ceremony at the Library of Congress. Leading the Ceremony were Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director of IMLS, and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. The ceremony also included special guest speakers Alfre Woodard and then-U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
The poets enjoyed poetry master classes with Elizabeth Alexander and Edward Hirsch, conducted ambitious community service projects throughout their regions, and performed original works of poetry on-stage at Carnegie Hall during the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony.
With generous support from the Aspen Institute, the National Student Poets participated once again in an intensive seminar offered in conjunction with the Aspen Ideas Festival.
The poets embraced these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and shared their love of poetry with young and old alike vis-á-vis their National Poetry Month events and other public appearances.