Michelle Obama encourages young poets to be poetry ambassadors

November 21, 2011

Michelle Obama has joined the search for the next Billy Collins or Rita Dove.


First Lady Michelle Obama (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The National Student Poets Program, announced Monday, will select five high school poets to be poetry ambassadors for a year. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is the main partner for the new effort.


The crowd at the National Book Festival last year (Photo by Megan Buerger/The Washington Post)

The poetry ambassadors will be selected from the Scholastic winners. The poets will participate in the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September 2012 and then spend a year reading and conducting workshops in their geographic regions.

The PCAH has been developing a series of programs that link the arts, humanities and schools. “As the data consistently shows, students who are engaged with the arts do better in school and in life,” said Rachel Goslins, PCAH executive director.

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