Felipe Our Poet

Carolina Camacho, Writer

Felipe Albors has had a lot of firsts this year! Most recently, he was the first student at Saint John’s to compete in the Poetry Outloud competition in Washington, DC.

Dana Erickson
Poet Mentor, Lucia, working with Felipe before the Finals

Poetry Out Loud is a program that Saint John’s students have been participating in for 9 years, supported by El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Through memorization and recitation of poetry, students develop public speaking skills and build self-confidence while learning about literary history, contemporary life, and great poetry in general.

This year is the first time Saint John’s School was represented in the National Competitions with Felipe Albors as our poet. Felipe has been working on three poems since November with numerous poet mentors, such as Ms. Erickson and Lucia Martinez, who have taught and guided him throughout the process.

Felipe started with a poem about Puerto Rico called, “Here is an Ear Hear”by Victor Hernández Cruz. He also recited Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” and William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55.” Felipe was able to compete at the National Competition in Washington D.C. presented by National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation, in which he won 4th place in his region. Saint John’s School wants to congratulate Felipe for his sacrifices, commitment, and effort to this throughout the whole year.