Teen Poetry Extravaganza

Main Library

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The Poetry Extravaganza will feature a workshop run by Nathan Cummings. As an outstanding high school poet whose work exhibited exceptional creativity and dedication to craft, Nathan was selected in 2013 to serve as national poetry ambassador for the Western Region, one of five U.S. regions defined as part of the National Student Poets Program. Nathan will present readings of some of his work, and local poets Willy Palomo and Sara Cove will also present readings.

The National Student Poets Program, and this event by extension, are made possible by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The National Student Poets Program awards the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.


Nathan is the 2013 National Student Poet representative for the Western Region, one of five regions in the United States. He read his first novel at age 3 and has been searching for ways to tell his own stories ever since. Though his early interest was prose, he discovered poetry while searching for indoor entertainment during one of the many rainy days in his hometown of Seattle, and he has been hooked ever since. A senior at Mercer Island High School, he serves as editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine, Pegasus. Nathan is also a reader for two national teen literary magazines, Polyphony and Adroit. His time spent at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio introduced him to an amazingly close-knit and supportive network of teen writers. Nathan also participates in cross country and track and field at his school. In a useful piece of synergy, some of his favorite ideas for poems have come to him on long solitary runs.

Location: Main Library, Conference Room B

Contact Information: 801-524-8200