We have the first lady’s word for it, that a New Orleans high school senior has a fan for her poetry: The president himself read the work of Madeleine LeCesne, and liked it.

That’s what Michelle Obama told LeCesne and four other National Student Poets honored at the White House with Poet Laureate Richard Blanco in attendance.

“Right next to (the president’s) files on ISIS there’s National Student Poet poetry,” LeCesne told CBS News. “It’s crazy. I hope that he found a nice escape.”

It’s an honor to have one’s work read and admired at the White House, but there is also work for LeCesne and her peers, who will travel to poetry workshops and festivals around the country to speak to other young writers.

We congratulate her and the winners from Indiana, Connecticut, South Carolina and Colorado. They’re carrying on America’s literary tradition.