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The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. This partnership between IMLS and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers recognizes student poets’ achievements at the national level and highlights the importance of literacy.

Each year, a national panel of literary luminaries selects five National Student Poets from gold and silver national medalists in the poetry category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The young poets, nominated while in grades 10 and 11, are appointed at a special ceremony. During their year of service, the poets lead readings and workshops at libraries, museums, and schools, and participate in a range of regional literary and arts events.

2021 National Student Poets Winners

The 2021 poets represent five different regions of the nation:

  • Aanika Eragam (Southeast), Milton High School, Milton, GA

  • Kechi Mbah (Southwest), Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston, TX

  • Sarah Fathima Mohammed (West), Harker Upper School, San Jose, CA

  • R.C. Davis (Midwest), Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL

  • Kevin Gu (Northeast), Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA

Learn more about the 2021 NSPP Class of 2021 and watch their reactions to the news that they were selected.

View the 2020 Appointment Ceremony on YouTube, read the Class of 2020 Chapbook (PDF), and follow the poets on the National Student Poets Program Facebook Page.