August 15, 2017 (REVISED August 30, 2017) Library to Host Appointment Ceremony of 2017 National Student Poets

Juan Felipe Herrera and Alfre Woodard to Join Librarian of Congress, IMLS Director and Poets at Program

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2017 National Student Poets

The Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets Program, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work, on Thursday, August 31. The National Student Poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew.

Special guest speakers will include 2016 National Student Poet Joey Reisberg, Alfre Woodard and Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and a National Student Poets Program juror. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

The appointment ceremony is presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and there may be special restrictions. Visit this ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at and its YouTube site (with captions) at  

As announced this week, the 2017 National Student Poets are:

  • Annie Castillo/Southeast—from Falls Church, VA, junior at George Mason High School
  • Kinsale Hueston/West—from Corona del Mar, CA, senior at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
  • Ben Lee/Midwest—from Edina, MN, junior at The Blake School
  • Juliet Lubwama/Northeast—from Downingtown, PA, senior at Downingtown STEM Academy
  • Camila Sanmiguel/Southwest—from Laredo, TX, senior at J.B. Alexander High School

The National Student Poets Program—a collaboration of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers—strives to inspire other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors and promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success. The program links the National Student Poets with audiences and neighborhood resources such as museums and libraries, and other community-anchor institutions and builds upon the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers' long-standing work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Poets’ appointment events are hosted in cooperation with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and held in conjunction with the National Book Festival. More information on the NSPP can be found at

Created in 1982 by Executive Order, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the Administration and the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines, and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and community revitalization. Ex Officio, the First Lady serves as honorary chairman of the committee, which is composed of both private and public members.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious initiative of its kind, having fostered the creativity and development of millions of young people through recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. During the past six years alone, students have submitted well over a million works of art and writing, and the program has provided more than $30 million in scholarships and awards for top participants. To learn more, visit

The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. To this end, the center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry position, coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences, and symposia, and sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at; and register creative works of authorship at


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