“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.”…
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….
New York City has a new Poet Laureate — it’s first Youth Poet Laureate to be exact….
Ramya Ramana, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate, delivered the poem “New York City”
at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration
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….
“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….”
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….
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…..
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”
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…..
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….
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….
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…..
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 ….
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….
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….
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 ….
Earlier this year, Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Urban Word, and Spit/Write, a youth-empowerment movement, created the first Portland Youth Poet Laureate project….
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….
The auditorium is full of a very incongruous buzz: Naz and nerves and snapping fingers. This is a poetry slam….
Derick Ebert, recently named Baltimore’s first youth poet laureate, wants to challenge problematic notions of masculinity….
Compelling, that’s the first word that came to mind as I watched several of Ramya Ramana’s performances….
“Who can be sad when they could be thinking about waffles?” says Riley O’Connell ….
Seventeen-year-old Oklahoma City native Rhea Brown-Bright has been named the first Oklahoma Youth….
New York City’s newest Youth Poet Laureate wants you to learn about the importance of voting….
Nineteen-year-old Ishmael “Ish” Islam was recently named New York City’s 2012 Youth Poet Laureate….
In Denver, we raise poets. Toluwanimi Obiwole is one of them: As a member of Minor Disturbance youth slam poetry team….
Two high schools students were named the first Lancaster City Youth Poet Laureates Friday night….
The last of the day’s sunlight filtered through the glass windows of Slover Library on Thursday night….
Everybody was caught up in the excitement of watching eight young writers perform on stage last week….
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….
A multimedia education project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters….
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….