Calling all teen poets, visual artists, and writers in Oakland!

Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Oakland's 2020 Youth Poet Laureate, wants your creative work! 

Even if you are new to writing and art, we'd love to hear from you. These two prompts are an invitation for you to create something new this summer. 

Responses can be poems, visual art, or flash fiction (1 page short stories) and your work may be featured on the library website or even printed in a zine!


Be sure to send your responses to, post them on Instagram with the hashtag #oyplprompt, or bring or send your hard copies to any Oakland library addressed to Sharon in the Main Library TeenZone.

Please include:

  • your name, or whatever name you'd like to use when we share your work (if any)
  • your age
  • one place you'd like us to link to, if you'd like us to (social media handle, personal website, etc)

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