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.
Eleanor Wikstrom goes to Skyline High School and is 16 years old:
17-year old Lizette Navarro goes to Oakland School for the Arts: