Downingtown Student Feted in D.C. After Earning Prestigious National Honor for Her Poetry

Actress Alfre Woodard, left, poses with Downingtown STEM Academy student Juliet Lubwama, one of five National Student Poets this year.

Juliet Lubwama, a student at the Downingtown STEM Academy, has been named one of this year’s five National Student Poets, writes Sandy Hingston for Philadelphia magazine.

Lubwama, 17, was selected from thousands of applicants to represent the Northeast region as a “literary ambassador” for its 2017 National Student Poets Program.

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Lubwama is already a poet with a remarkable range and power, and being named a National Student Poet is a huge honor. As part of the program, she recently attended a private workshop with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera in Washington, D.C. She will also get to read her own work at the National Book Festival.

The judges for this year’s program included some of the most prominent writers in the country, such as National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis and the president and executive director of the American Academy of Poets, Jennifer Benka.

The program is administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Read more about Juliet Lubwama in Philadelphia magazine here.

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