2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Announced

Release Date: 
Thu, 07/06/2017

The Oakland Public Library and Youth Speaks are thrilled to announce that 18-year-old Lucy Flattery-Vickness is the City of Oakland’s 2017 Youth Poet Laureate.

Eugene "Ace" Johnson, Founder/President of iVisionary Academy, who served as one of this year’s five Youth Poet Laureate judges, says, “Lucy has the making of a world changer. The work she has already initiated in her school and surrounding community lines up with the impactful words she speaks.”

Ms. Flattery-Vickness has been applying to the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate since she was 13, was last year’s runner-up, a 2015 Finalist and has performed and spoken as a representative of the program, her peers, and her city at numerous events and on several news shows. This year, she emerged as the winner amongst seven talented finalists from Oakland. Ms. Flattery-Vickness will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the opportunity to officially represent the Oakland community through poetry, media, and public appearances.

Ms. Flattery-Vickness is a 2017 graduate of Oakland Technical High School where she served as Captain of both the volleyball and basketball teams and founded the club Y.E.S W.E W.I.L.L (Youth Empowering Students With Education, Words, Inspirational Lives, and Love) to fight injustices in the education system. As a student, she also placed first in the OUSD Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival Finals in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Now in its sixth year, the Youth Poet Laureate Program is a partnership between the Oakland Public Library and Youth Speaks, along with several community partners.

For more information, please contact Lana Adlawan, Teen Services Coordinator, at 510-238-7613 or ladlawan@oaklandlibrary.org.