Youth Poet Laureate Program
Applications for the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program have closed.
The 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be announced in June!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists:
- Anna Chard, 16
- Dara Kashayar, 15
- Kaylan Black, 15
- Maya Looney, 17
- Myra Estrada, 15
- Nadia Elbgal, 17
- Siara Edmond, 16
Oakland's 2020 Youth Poet Laureate is Greer Nakadegawa-Lee!
Our 2020 Vice Laureate is Michelle Arango!
Read more about them here.
About the Program
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 applications from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to join a community of young poets. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship. The Laureate will, and all the Finalists are invited to, serve as ambassadors for literacy, arts and youth expression with ongoing opportunities for performances, projects, and peer support. Starting in 2020, every applicant will be invited to stay in connection with the OYPL community.
The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is supported by an alliance of community partners representing Oakland’s leading arts, education and community organizations. Scholarship funding is provided by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Scholarship administration and financial, cultural, and social support is provided by Scholarship America.
To book the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate for a performance or workshop please fill out the booking request form.
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