"The potential of a poem"
As a student in the country’s top STEM high school and the eldest daughter in a family of engineers, Eileen Huang once believed that poetry was not for her. That perspective changed after she was selected as a National Student Poet for the year of 2015 — the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.
In her talk, Eileen will discuss her experiences as a writer in a STEM school and show audiences the many possibilities in a poem, creating a space for the genre in a silicon world.
Eileen Huang is the Northeast National Student Poet for the year of 2015, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work. She is also a current sophomore at High Technology High School, the #1 STEM high school in the country.
As a National Student Poet, Eileen acts as a literary ambassador, hosting workshops and readings in her region and community as part of a year-long community service effort. In addition, she was given the opportunity to read her poetry to First Lady Michelle Obama at a private ceremony in the White House. Much of her poetry focuses on her Chinese heritage, cultural fusions, and the general turmoil that comes with adolescence.