Youth Poet Laureate Program

Photos of Youth Poets

The 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Will Be Announced June 1st!

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2018 Finale
Friday, June 1, 2018 
6:00pm - 7:30pm

at the
Oakland Museum of California
James Moore Theatre
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Congratulations to the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2018 Finalists: 

  • Miles De Rosa, age 16, student at Oakland School for the Arts, 2017 Oakland Youth Poet Finalist
  • Darien Em, age 15, student at Oakland High School
  • Samuel Getachew, age 15, student at Oakland Technical High School
  • Julia Hopkins, age 17, student at Oakland School of the Arts
  • Monique Jonath, age 15, student at The College Preparatory School
  • Leila Mottley, age 15, student at Oakland School for the Arts, 2017 Oakland Vice Youth Poet Laureate

OYPL Finalists

Meet our 2018 Judges!

Learn about past Laureates here.

Photo of Lucy Flattery-Vickness

Lucy Flattery-Vickness, Oakland's 2017 Youth Poet Laureate

About the Program

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is an unprecedented citywide effort to celebrate literacy through poetry and connect young writers to far-reaching opportunities. Each year we accept submissions from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to be considered for the city’s top literary honor. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression.

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is supported by an alliance of community partners representing Oakland’s leading arts, education and community organizations. Scholarship funding is provided by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Scholarship administration and academic support is provided by ScholarMatch.

Community Partners: Write-to-Read and Alameda County Library, Chapter 510, and Oakland Book Festival.

To book the  2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Lucy Flattery-Vickness for a performance or workshop please fill out the booking request form.
For press inquiries, contact or (510)761-POEM (7636).
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