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IMLS Promotes Student Poets
IMLS celebrated the 25th National Poetry Month in April by sharing information on its National Student Poets Program (NSPP). The news item notes the following:
National Student Poets are chosen from the pool of National Medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with input from a panel of judges. It’s the country’s highest honor for teen poets presenting original work. …
[NSPP] identifies teen poets with unique perspectives and powerful voices, invests in training and mentoring them, then launches them on a year of service as national poetry ambassadors to lead community-focused projects for a wide range of audiences throughout their regions.
By amplifying youth voices to create and sustain meaningful change, the program supports them in being heard and aims to promote reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry in people of all ages. The NSPP also strengthens the connections between the schools and libraries and museums while providing forums for the poets and the public to interact, learn, and grow. …
NSPP not only recognizes exceptional youth poets, but also gives them an opportunity to develop their leadership potential. …
Although their year of service is still underway, the students have adapted well to current circumstances and pivoted to a virtual space to carry out collaborative and individual work. In addition to partnering with organizations, the students partner together for projects; recently, they served as panelists during a virtual event—Poetry for the Pandemic—that reached about 1,000 people.
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