Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Doriane Raiman/NPR

Poet-for-hire Zach Houston works at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Houston says he is paid about $2 to $20 for each poem. Ralph Wiedemeier/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Ralph Wiedemeier/NPR

Marie Howe is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Brad Fowler/courtesy of the author hide caption

itoggle caption Brad Fowler/courtesy of the author

Teju Cole is a Nigerian-American writer, photographer and art historian. He is the author of the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award-winning Open City. Teju Cole hide caption

itoggle caption Teju Cole

Poet Kevin Young visits NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Friday as a NewsPoet guest. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Doriane Raiman/NPR

Poet Adrienne Rich received several notable awards over the course of her career, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Frost Medal. Stuart Ransom/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Stuart Ransom/AP