April is National poetry month. Poem in Pocket Day 2020 falls on April 30th. Stay tuned for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library annual poetry without paper contest for students.
Here’s the winning image for the 2020 poster – this year was an open call to student artists!
New York, NY (January 9, 2020)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that tenth grader Samantha Aikman from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Richmond, Vermont, has been named the winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. Aikman’s artwork was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel from among ten outstanding finalists and 180 student submissions. The Academy of American Poets will distribute 100,000 free copies of the 2020 National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s artwork to libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide. The poster will also be available for download.
As the winner of the contest, Aikman will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and art supplies from Sakura Color of America. She will also be featured in the April 2020 issue of American Poets magazine.
The judges have additionally selected artwork by twelfth grader Kai Huie from The Bronx High School of Science in New York, New York, to receive Honorable Mention for the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. As the runner-up Huie will receive $250.
For the contest, the Academy of American Poets invited students in grades nine through twelve to submit artwork that incorporated line(s) from the poem “Remember” by current U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and that reflected a celebration of the art of poetry.
Read the full release and more about the lines both Aikman and Huie selected here
View all ten incredible finalists.
Tell students you know who might like to submit for the poster contest 2021.