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