Youth Poet Laureate Program

Photos of Youth Poets

The 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be announced on June 7th!

Join us at the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum on California on June 7th, 2019 at 7PM to find out who our next Youth Poet Laureate is! Hear amazing performances from all of our finalists.  You don't want to miss it!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists:

Eleanor Wikstrom, Skyline High School, age 16
Jordan Tisnado, Dewey Academy, age 17
Zouhair Mussa, Oakland High School, age 15
Lizette Navarro, Oakland School of the Arts, age 16
Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Oakland Technical High School age 14
Monique Nadine Jonath, The College Preparatory School, age 16
Samuel Getachew, Oakland Technical High School, age 16
Darien Em, Oakland High School, age 16
Siara Edmond, Skyline High School, age 14
Hayden Beaulieu, (high school graduate), age 18

Watch Oakland's 2018 Youth Poet Laureate, Leila Mottley's, "Love Poem to Oakland":

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Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.

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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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