The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is an unprecedented citywide effort to celebrate literacy through poetry and connect young writers to far-reaching opportunities. Each year we accept submissions from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to be considered for the city’s top literary honor. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression.
This year we have ten wonderful Finalists. Please join us at the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum on California on June 7th, 2019 at 7PM to find out who our next Youth Poet Laureate is! Hear amazing performances from all of our finalists and our current Laureate, Leila Mottley.
You don't want to miss it!
Every few days leading up to the final event we'll be introducing a Finalist and sharing their work. Keep an eye on this space to meet all of these incredible young poets.
First up, Hayden Beaulieu, an 18-year-old high school graduate.
Siara Edmond, 14 years old, goes to Skyline High School.
Darien Em is a 16 year old who goes to Oakland High.
Next, we have Samuel Getachew, who is a 16-year-old at Oakland Technical High School.
Monique Nadine Jonath is a 16-year-old at The College Preparatory School.
Here is Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, a 15-year-old who goes to Oakland Technical High School.
Zouhair Mussa is a 15-year-old who goes to school at Oakland High.
Here is Jordan Tisnado, a Dewey Academy 17-year old.
Eleanor Wikstrom goes to Skyline High School and is 16 years old.
17-year old Lizette Navarro goes to Oakland School for the Arts.