National Student Poet shares gifts with hometown

December 19, 2018
Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch National Youth Poet, Darius Atefat-Peckham, recites his poetry Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the Cabell County Library in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - Huntington’s own National Student Poet Darius Atefat-Peckham shared his talent with his hometown Tuesday at the Cabell County Public Library in downtown Huntington.

Atefat-Peckham, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, was officially appointed to the 2018 class of National Youth Poets in Washington, D.C., this September.

The National Student Poets Program is an initiative in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museums and libraries, and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. To be considered for appointment as a National Student Poet, students first must receive a national medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nearly century-old program known for its recognition and celebration of the country’s most creative teens.

As part of being a National Student Poet, Atefat-Peckham must do service projects. On Tuesday, he read some of his original work, shared poetry techniques and did a writing exercise with participants.

-The Herald-Dispatch

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