Youth Poet Laureate Program
2019 applications are closed! Finalists will be announced in April.
Watch Oakland's 2018 Youth Poet Laureate, Leila Mottley's, "Love Poem to Oakland":
Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.
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.
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