Celebrating Our Nation’s
Top Young Poets
Civic Engagement
National Youth Poet Laureate
Youth Leadership
Artistic Excellence

“The National Youth Poet program is the newly
painted place for the New Communication
—with it, the voice of our new generations.

“When I hear these young poets, call out their hymns,
rhythms and visions of what is going on—I
notice a new world orbiting into our midst.”
Juan Felipe Herrera
Poet Laureate of the United States

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Amanda Gorman
Announcing National Poet Laureate
Sharon Lin
2017 nyc youth poet laureate
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What We Do

Urban Word partners with leading local literary arts organizations and city/state agencies to spearhead Youth Poet Laureate programs, launch the local contest, and coproduce the culminating events to name the Youth Poet Laureate and the Youth Poet Ambassadors. Our program model identifies powerful youth poets that have a history of artistic success, civic and community engagement, and youth leadership.

How It Works

The Program

Urban Word works closely with your organization to tailor the program to suit your needs and mission. We provide the tools, technical support, and management to help you launch your program.

The Book Deal

Independent-publisher powerhouse Penmanship Books will publish the poet’s first collection of poetry with distribution provided by Small Press Distribution.

The Contest

We provide our partners with a contest model that includes a civic engagement and poetry curriculum, promotional materials, resume template, contest judge and judging rubic.

Events & Press

During the year of the laureateship, the winner and finalists will participate in a city-wide tour,
as well as other performance opportunities, which we help to organize and promote.

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