The month of April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month and the continuation of a year-long commitment by poetry ambassadors who led the 2015 class of National Student Poets. Following their induction into the White House’s National Student Poets Program (NSPP) – the nation’s highest honor for youth poets – the students are using National Poetry Month to promote an appreciation of the literary arts across the country. De’John Hardges, a student at Cleveland school of the Arts, is a member of the 2015 class of National Student Poets.
“We are proud to have a Cleveland student, recognized as a National Student Poet, share his talents with our patrons and inspire interest in poetry,” said Felton Thomas, executive director, Cleveland Public Library (CPL). “He is a part of a nationally recognized elite class of student poets that is serving as a literary ambassador in our community.”
As part of National Poetry Month, De’John Hardges is encouraging new audiences of all ages to embrace the art of poetry by leading a series of hip-hop poetry workshops at CPL. The teen poetry hip-hop workshops will take place April 15, 22, and 29th at 4:30 p.m. at Main Library.