Press

The National Youth Laureate program has allowed young poets access to high levels of press, including the New York Times,
Democracy Now, Daily News, and Al Jazeera.
Houston’s First Ever Youth Poet Laureate

“I never liked knowing that words are limitless. I always liked to pretend the stars that left particles in the air where nothing more than tombstones lost to infinity.”…

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HSPVA Creative Writer Achieves Title of First Houston Poet Laureate

This year, a collaboration consisting of the City of Houston, Writers in the School and the Houston Public Library System had its first Youth Poet Laureate competition….

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New York’s First Youth Poet Laureate: Zora Howard

New York City has a new Poet Laureate — it’s first Youth Poet Laureate to be exact….

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Young Poet Speaks at Inauguration

Ramya Ramana, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate, delivered the poem “New York City”
at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration
ceremony.

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National Poetry Month Ends and the Great Work Begins

It’s not National Poetry Month without a columnist penning a piece declaring that poetry is dead. The predictable appearance of these articles is almost comical….

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Poetry Is Her Power

“To be woman and black is to be born
knowing your beauty does not belong to you…
Is to know you’re not desirable
to your own kind….”

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Seattle’s First Youth Poet Laureate Fights Racism Through Verse

Last week, Leija Farr walked into her U.S. history class at Cleveland High School and was hailed as a celebrity—not for leading a championship sports team, or winning a beauty contest or being named valedictorian. But because she is a poet….

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You Can Become the
Inaugural Nashville Youth
Poet Laureate

It’s easy for youth to go unheard. Small voices, lacking the authority of life, drowned out by adults making noise. But even the youngest of us often have something important to say—teens can compel tolerance and inspire conviction…..

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Amanda Gorman:
LA’s First Youth Poet
Laureate

The city of Los Angeles conjures up a lot of images for folks, and I’d imagine that, for most people, none of those pictures are connected to the literary arts. Los Angeles is able to boast being home to some of the wealthiest entertainers in the world”

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Baltimore’s Youth Poet Laureate Wants To Discuss Justice

Growing up biracial in Baltimore, Derick Ebert said he’s still trying to define his identity. He uses his poetry to find his place. In a city that grapples with racial divides…the mayor hopes Ebert can lead the way for others…..

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2015 Oakland
Youth Poet Laureate
Tova Ricardo

Sixteen-year-old Tova Ricardo, a junior at Bentley High School, is Oakland’s 2015 Youth Poet Laureate. Tova began writing poetry in 6th grade and fell in love with the ways that words and characters tie together to spark emotion and controversy inside the reader….

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Nashville Youth Poet
Captures Different
City View

The fizz and ring of the city just down the front steps of the school fascinated her. On any given day, Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay could exit Hume-Fogg Magnet High School onto Broadway and be injected into Nashville’s thriving downtown….

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NYC’s Youth Poet Laureate
Justin Long-Moton
Loves the Written Word

Growing up in Co-op City, Justin Long-Moton was the kid who adults said had potential. He just never seemed to come through the way they imagined. Poetry changed his life…..

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In Their Own Words

The National Youth Poet Laureate initiative (YPL) is a program of Urban Word, an award-winning youth literary arts and youth development organization, that strives to elevate the voices of teens ….

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Kenneth Buckner ’19 Is
First Atlanta Youth
Poet Laureate

Atlanta Word Works, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing writing and spoken word poetry to young people in Atlanta, recently named Kenneth Buckner, an outstanding 2015 graduate….

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Congrats to Portland’s
Youth Laureates!

We want to congratulate the first Portland Youth Poet Laureates, Sekai Edwards and Alexis Cannard, as well as all the members of the inaugural Portland Youth Poet Laureate Project, a.k.a. Spit/Write….

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City’s Youth Poet Laureate Wants To Inspire Others

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced they city’s first youth poet laureate during her weekly news conference Wednesday. Derick Ebert, a City College alum and English major ….

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Portland’s First Youth Poet Laureate Project Announces
12 Finalists

Earlier this year, Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Urban Word, and Spit/Write, a youth-empowerment movement, created the first Portland Youth Poet Laureate project….

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Youth Poet’s Call to Action

Crystal Valentine, New York City youth poet laureate, talks about her new role and how poetry can encourage voting and other forms of civic engagement….

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Nashville’s Inaugural
Youth Poet Laureate

The auditorium is full of a very incongruous buzz: Naz and nerves and snapping fingers. This is a poetry slam….

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Baltimore’s First Youth Poet Laureate Wants to Challenge Perspectives on Emotion and Masculinity

Derick Ebert, recently named Baltimore’s first youth poet laureate, wants to challenge problematic notions of masculinity….

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Her Source

Compelling, that’s the first word that came to mind as I watched several of Ramya Ramana’s performances….

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15 Minutes With… Denver Youth Poet Laureate Riley O’Connell

“Who can be sad when they could be thinking about waffles?” says Riley O’Connell ….

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First Oklahoma Youth Poet Laureate Named

Seventeen-year-old Oklahoma City native Rhea Brown-Bright has been named the first Oklahoma Youth….

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Q&A With Ramya Ramana

New York City’s newest Youth Poet Laureate wants you to learn about the importance of voting….

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Ishmael Islam, NYC’s 2012 Youth Poet Laureate

Nineteen-year-old Ishmael “Ish” Islam was recently named New York City’s 2012 Youth Poet Laureate….

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Toluwanimi Obiwole

In Denver, we raise poets. Toluwanimi Obiwole is one of them: As a member of Minor Disturbance youth slam poetry team….

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Lancaster Crowns Two Youth Poet Laureates

Two high schools students were named the first Lancaster City Youth Poet Laureates Friday night….

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Teens With a Purpose Take the Mic in Slam Poetry Contest

The last of the day’s sunlight filtered through the glass windows of Slover Library on Thursday night….

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Voices of Lancaster: Meet the City’s First Youth Poets Laureate

Everybody was caught up in the excitement of watching eight young writers perform on stage last week….

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Amanda Gorman Named National Youth Poet Laureate

Last night in New York City, at a historic ceremony at Gracie Mansion, nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles was named the first national youth poet laureate….

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Dear Poet Letters 2016

A multimedia education project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters….

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Seattle’s New Youth Poet Laureate Has No Home—But She Does Have a Book Deal

Without knowing much about Angel Gardner’s traumatic life, judges chose her to represent the city for the next year, citing the power of her verse….

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