Youth Poet Laureate Program

Congratulations to our 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists!

Photos of the Youth Poet Finalists

  • Isabel Hallock, 17
  • Lucy Flattery-Vickness, 17
  • Emma Talamantes, 17
  • Azariah Cole-Shephard, 18
  • Nandi Maunder, 14

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Vega-Gallardo, 17                                                                                                         

Join us on July 16th to watch these amazing young poets perform and to name the 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate! 

Impact Hub
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
July 16th, 6PM | FREE

Meet the judges of this year's Youth Poet Laureate competition.


  • Tova Ricardo, 17, Bentley High School - 2015 Poet Laureate
  • Sophie Elkin, 18, Oakland School for the Arts - 2014 Poet Laureate
  • Obasi Davis, 17, Berkeley High School – 2013 Poet Laureate
  • Stephanie Yun, 18, Skyline High School – 2012 Poet Laureate

About the Youth Poet Laureate Program

Presented by Oakland Public Library, Youth Speaks, the 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 John diTargiani Fund at Youth Speaks and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Scholarship administration and academic support is provided by ScholarMatch.

Community Partners: Oakland Unified School District, Write-to-Read and Alameda County Library, Chapter 510, and BeastCrawl.

BOOKING: To book Tova Ricardo for a performance or workshop, please fill out the  BOOKING REQUEST FORM.

For press inquiries, contact Lana Adlawan at or 510-238-7613.