national student poets

So where was I tonight?  I was at the CLE Urban Winery for “A Small Reading to Restore Hope and Sanity” - all to benefit ACLU of Ohio.  Learned a lot tonight and heard three wonderful writers/speakers…including this guy - De’ John Hardges, 2015 National Student Poet from here in Cleveland.  He is only 17 and he is amazing - one to watch for sure!

And @johnlloydyoungfriends - he was so happy when I mentioned PCAH and you…he actually started to tear up and said how grateful he is for the support all of you have given him and his fellow poets.  He is definitely a special and inspiring young man.  xo

Our 2012 NSPP class was invited to the White House Holiday Party in December and got their picture taken with the President and First Lady! Isn’t that awesome?

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet young poets in the Diplomatic Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Check out Student Poet Lylla Younes reading her poem Billy, about a man she met in a nursing home once. (by KLAXProduction)