It has been a few months since I last posted. It is my senior year and there are lots of demands, but I am back. I wanted to share some great news. I was selected this year as one of the five National Student Poets. The other gifted poets include Michaela Coplen, Nathan Cummings, Aline Dolinh and Louis Lafair. We were received by First Lady Michelle Obama, with our families, in the White House in late September. Mrs. Obama is the honorary chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which is one of the sponsoring organizations of the National Student Poets Program. To learn more about the program, its other sponsors, and the application process for becoming a National Student Poet, click here: http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/national-student-poets-program/
The jurors this year were poets Richard Blanco http://richard-blanco.com/ , Robert Casper( poet and Head of Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress) http://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/author/roca/, Andrea Gibson http://www.andreagibson.org/, Kimiko Hahn http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1536 , Joy Harjo http://www.joyharjo.com/Home.html , Terrance Hayes http://terrancehayes.com/ , David Lynn (Editor, Kenyon Review https://www.kenyonreview.org/ , Alice Quinn( Former Poetry Editor at the New Yorker and currently Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/about/staff/ ) and Rose Styron (http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/02/23/rose-styron-poet-and-nocturnal-reader/E9WAj8dlBdMg6bF29jjyfI/story.html).
I plan, throughout the course of my year of service, as a National Student Poet to not only share with you the incredible opportunities I have had so far and will have, but to also share opportunities for young writers.