Nationally recognized high school poets are coming to Woods Hole the week after Christmas to spend their vacation in an intense writing workshop. These students are the regional winners of the National Student Poets Program, chosen from a competition of applicants from across the whole country. The competition is sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. A chap book, which will be distributed nationally, will be printed with a photograph and short biography of each author and several pieces of their work.
As last year’s winners were told: “This prize is our nation’s highest honor for outstanding high school poets. Each of these students will serve as an American literary ambassador, sharing their experience, observations, and convictions with audiences across our country and around the world.”
A Woods Hole family has made their house available for this writing retreat, and as a result, people from Cape Cod will have an opportunity to join in the nation-wide audience when the Library hosts a presentation by these young people. The teenagers will read from their work, either some of those poems for which they were awarded this honor, or from their newly created work.
This event is free and open to the public of all ages.