Youth Poet Laureate Program

Photos of Youth Poets

Announcing Oakland's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate: Samuel Getachew!  Congratulations!

Samuel Getachew is a 16-year-old student at Oakland Technical High School.  See him perform one of his poems here.

Photo of Samuel Getachew

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 the Oakland Museum of California  with support from Urban Word.

To book the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 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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