Celebrating Our Nation’s
Top Young Poets
THE NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE PROGRAM
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promoting
National Youth Poet Laureate
Youth Leadership
recognizing
Artistic Excellence
honoring

“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

National Youth Poet Laureate
The White House & Library of Congress
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Patricia Frazier
Announcing 2018 National Poet Laureate
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How It Works

The National Youth Poet Laureate Nominations will be open today October 15- November 15th of 2018. There will be five Youth Poet Laureates chosen, one from each region in the nation, selected by a panel of judges. All nominations will be judged using the same rubric and candidates with the highest numbers ranked will be chosen to represent that region.

The National Youth Poet Laureate Nominations will be open today October 15- November 15th of 2018. There will be five Youth Poet Laureates chosen, one from each region in the nation, selected by a panel of judges. All nominations will be judged using the same rubric and candidates with the highest numbers ranked will be chosen to represent that region.

Each network member organization is allowed to submit as many Youth Poet Laureates that still fit into the qualifying age group 13-19. The candidate must have held the Youth Poet Laureate title in their city to apply. We encourage partner organizations to work with your current and past (age qualified) Youth Poet Laureates on their applications.

The selections for the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition will be announced on January 4, 2019.

Each of the 5 Regional winners will also be named as finalists for the National Youth Poet Laureate title. Regional Youth Poet Laureates will also receive:

All-expense paid trip to perform at the National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement on April 4, 2019 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

*the National Youth Poet Laureate will be announced at this event.

An artwork/poster featuring their likeness and poetry produced by artist Mer Young, and produced by the Amplifier Foundation.

*each poet and partner organization will receive 15 copies of this poster.

All-expense paid writing retreat in Provincetown, MA in the fall of 2019, with poet Mahogany L. Browne and others.

How to Submit

Please apply directly to your region using the appropriate link below. Prepare to submit demographic and contact information about poet and organization, nine poems on one document, CV, short biography and photo of poet, as well as 1 poem on the topic “Poetry and Democracy” [for a total of 10 poems].

 

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