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2020 National Student Poets Winners

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 in August in Washington, DC. 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.

The 2020 poets represent five different regions of the nation:

Madelyn Dietz, a homeschooled junior from St. Paul, MN (Midwest)

Manasi Garg, a junior at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, CA (West)

Isabella Ramirez, a junior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Lake Worth, FL (Southeast)

Ethan Wang, a junior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, TX (Southwest)

Anthony Wiles, Jr., a junior at Sewickley Academy in Ross, PA (Northeast)

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.