The Laureate Lab | Youth Poetry Workshops *SPECIAL*

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Join us for FREE writing workshops for youth (age 13-18) leading up to the annual Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest (Apply by April 7th).

On March 23rd: Chop It Up!

You’ve got the first or second draft down, now’s your chance to get some feedback. Whether you’re looking for fresh insight or specific help, join us for a peer-to-peer editing session led by Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureates: Obasi Davis (2013) and Stephanie Yun (2012). This workshop will help you tighten and polish your work.

Obasi Davis is a 17-year-old founding member of the poetry ensemble Young, Gifted and Black. Born and raised in Oakland, Davis has been performing on national and international stages since age 13, including recently at Brave New Voices and the opening of Griots of Oakland.

Stephanie Yun, 19, is a published writer and Oakland’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate. Currently a member of Cal Slam at UC Berkeley, Stephanie has been called “a breakthrough poet” by reigning California laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

The Laureate Lab pairs award-winning local authors with young poets (age 13-18) for a very special workshop series. Unleash your voice, take risks and develop your best work – just in time for the city’s premier poetry contest this April. Come write the best poems of your life, meet fellow writers and get ready to become Oakland’s next Youth Poet Laureate. Contest entry not required to attend workshops. Just come write!

Learn more about the Youth Poet Laureate program and $5000 scholarship here.


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Main Library

Bradley Walters Community Room
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134