Logan High School’s Taylor Fang has been named one of five 2019 National Student Poets, chosen from over 20,000 entrants.
“It hasn’t completely sunk in yet,” Fang said. “They had us keep it secret for a long time, so I guess that’s made me better adjusted but I’m still really excited about it.”
The National Student Poets Program is a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to recognize and celebrate young poets across the country.
As a National Student Poet, Fang will receive a $5,000 academic award and serve as a literary ambassador for a year, sharing her passion for poetry and literary arts throughout the Western U.S., according to a press release by the NSPP.
Fang said she is excited to participate in service projects, workshops and public readings. She’ll also go to the Texas Book Festival in October as a literary ambassador.
“That’s actually like the best part of the award, is just being able to spread poetry to more people and have a platform to talk about it,” Fang said.
Spreading her love of language and creating a community is something Fang has done at LHS by starting the school’s creative writing club, reviving the school’s literary magazine.
“I’m also looking forward to just like being able to meet the other poets,” Fang said. “I think it’s really cool to have a writing community.”
Fang’s passion for language began at a young age, reading at the library and writing in her journal. She discovered poetry in the 7th grade.
“It was really just as an experiment,” Fang said. “I thought it would be fun to try it out.”
With her work recognized by the Hippocrates Young Poet’s Prize, the Poetry Society U.K. and through publication in The New York Times, Fang said her inspiration comes from different areas but mainly real life events and experiences.
Fang said she is really grateful for the guidance and help from her teachers at LHS as well as faculty members from Utah State University.
“There are a few who looked over my poetry and gave me mentorship,” Fang said. “I think that was super helpful.”
Fang will be appointed as an ambassador by the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kathryn K. Matthew, on July 17 in Washington D.C.