Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday Poem + Winner of the National Poetry Month Contest for Students

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

The Academy of American Poets has announced the winner of this year's National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. She is Samantha Aikman, a tenth grader from Vermont.

Aikman's artwork will be the official April 2020 National Poetry Month poster.You may find out more about the contest, see her artwork and that of other finalists, read their statements, and sign up to receive a free copy here. The Academy distributes 100,000 copies and the request list fills quickly. Some years I've gotten a poster and some years I haven't.

Today's poem is by Naomi Shihab Nye.  Naomi Shihab Nye is the "Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, serving from 2019 to 2021. Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year term, the Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience...."

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