Representing five geographical regions of the nation, the 2019 National Student Poets are:
Christian Butterfield (Southeast), a junior at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Julie Dawkins (Southwest), a junior at Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Oklahoma
Taylor Fang (West), a junior at Logan High School in Logan, Utah
Salma Mohammad (Midwest), a junior at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana
Alondra Uribe (Northeast), a junior at Theatre Arts Production Company School in The Bronx, New York
The National Student Poets were selected from students in grades 10-11 who submitted more than 20,000 works in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and received top honors in poetry. From this pool of National Medal recipients, 35 semi-finalists are identified as the most gifted young poets in their regions, based on their originality, technical skills, and personal voice, and were invited to submit additional poetry and performance videos to distinguished jurors for the final selection of the five National Student Poets.
The Student Poets will be appointed by the Director of IMLS, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, on July 17, 2019 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will feature remarks by critically-acclaimed poet Joy Harjo, as well as a performance by nearly two dozen young NSPP alumni. A livestream and recording of the ceremony will be available at The SKyPAC!