Application Open for 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program

Release Date: 
Wed, 12/20/2017

Calling all young poets! Heading into its seventh year, the Oakland Public Library and an alliance of community partners welcome Oakland poets between the ages of 13–18 to apply to be the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate.

The application deadline is February 5, 2018.

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program projects the diverse voices and truths of Oakland youth into the city and beyond. Lucy Flattery-Vickness, Oakland’s 2017 Laureate and graduate of Oakland Technical High School, states “It is an incredible honor and privilege to get to hold the mic for my city and represent and create community.”

The 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and serve as city ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression. Finalists have opportunities to perform and network with peers and leaders across the Bay Area.  

Interested youth, parents, teachers, and youth advocates can learn more and apply online at For more information call the Oakland Public Library at (510) 761-7636.  

Lucy Flattery-Vickness and other Laureates and Finalists from the previous six years will be performing on January 5, 7pm, at Chapter 510’s Department of Make Believe (2301 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). She will also be featured in the latest issue of the 510 Journal to be launched that evening.                             

The Youth Poet Laureate program is supported by a broad coalition of partner agencies across the Bay Area: Chapter 510, ScholarMatch, Write-to-Read and the Alameda County Library.  The Friends of the Oakland Public Library finances the Laureate’s scholarship which is then administered through ScholarMatch.