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)