Press Releases

Urban Word names five finalists for the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate title

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment forthe Humanities, Urban Word and Youth Speaks Recognize and Elevate the Voice of Exceptional Young Poets

July 17, 2016

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Nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles is Named Our Country’s Inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate

At New York City’s historic Gracie Mansion, with the Mayor and his family, nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles was named our country’s inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate. The ceremony brought together a diverse roster of Youth Poet Laureates from New York City, where the program was founded, as well as poetry icons that included Patricia Smith, Tina Chang, Taylor Mali, Kurtis Blow and Kimiko Hahn.

April 26, 2017

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