White House committee names 5 youth poet laureates

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Outstanding high school poets are being honored with a new award at the National Book Festival in Washington and will serve as literary ambassadors to the nation.

On Sunday, officials will honor the first five teen literary ambassadors. They are: Luisa Banchoff of Arlington, Va., Miles Hewitt of Vancouver, Wash., Claire Lee of New York City, Natalie Richardson of Oak Park, Ill., and Lylla Younes of Alexandria, La.

Each wins $5,000 and will present readings and workshops at libraries, museums and schools. They will also complete service projects to build awareness about creative writing.

Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities helped create the National Student Poets program. The winners were chosen from writers who received national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for poetry.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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