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Celebrate National Poetry Month with the National Student Poets

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Apr 08, 2014

April is National Poetry Month and, to celebrate, each of the five National Student Poets will participate in a full calendar of events that promote an appreciation of poetry and encourage youth to embark on their own creative journeys. The month of literary events marks a high point in their year of service, which began in September 2013 when they were awarded this nation's highest honor for youth poets during a White House ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"This year's National Student Poets are literary ambassadors to people across our country and around the world, and their work exemplifies the extraordinary outcomes that come from encouraging our youth to use their imaginations, be creative and pursue their passions," said Honorary Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, First Lady Michelle Obama.

National Poetry Month events will take place in Utah, Vermont, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, and New York. Click here to access the full calendar of events.

The 2013 National Student Poets were selected by a jury of literary luminaries and leaders in education and the arts from among students in grades 9–11 who received national medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's most prestigious recognition program for creative teens presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The National Student Poets Program is a signature initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alliance. Each National Student Poet receives an academic award of $5,000, funded by the Bernstein Family Foundation, and serves as a resource for the U.S. Department of Education and the Library of Congress. The next class of National Student Poets will be introduced in late summer.

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