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National Student Poets Tour the U.S.

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Apr 12, 2013

April is National Poetry Month and the National Student Poets are celebrating by spreading the word through visits to diverse communities across the United States. The Students will host workshops and participate in events that encourage other young people, interested adults, and educators to see poetry as a dynamic and thriving literary form.

"Through reading and writing poetry, young people learn to be creative, think critically, and broaden their horizons – and those lessons will stay with them for the rest of their lives," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "I am proud of these five young people, not only for working hard and expressing themselves so beautifully, but also for challenging the rest of us to see the world in new ways as well."

The five National Student Poets were selected by a renowned panel of jurors in 2012 from a pool of outstanding writers, grades 9-11, who received a national Scholastic Art & Writing Award for poetry through the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets and 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.

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