White House Committee’s National Student Poet, De’John Hardges, Celebrates National Poetry Month

National Student Poets Program LogoThe 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.