Celebrate Poetry Month with 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Samuel Getachew!

Do you love poetry, curious about the poet’s process? Join Oakland Poet Samuel Getachew as he shares some of his poems and talks about his journey as a writer. Samuel will also take questions from the audience. This program is for children between 9-12 years of age.

Samuel was the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Champion and a 2019 and 2020 YoungArts Winner in Spoken Word, as well as a 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 Honoree. He served as the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, and was named the West Region Youth Poet Laureate, as well as a finalist for the 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate. He was a part of the team that represented the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices (BNV) Festival, the largest youth poetry competition in the world, in 2017, where he and his team were ranked within the top 8 in the world. 

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