Youth Poet Laureates and Judges

Photos of Youth Poets


Lucy Flattery-Vickness

Photo of Lucy

Lucy is 18 years old and graduated from Oakland Tech in June 2017. She is part of many local communities – as an athlete, a young woman, a white ally, a poet, and a proud Oakland Native. For the past three years, Lucy was a first-place finalist in the OUSD Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival. She was also an Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist for the past three years, and the runner-up in 2016. Lucy writes poetry for herself, but also to spin controversy into something easily digestible, to create a web of people who realize togetherness can make necessary change, and to call people forward.

Congratulations, again, to all our 2017 Finalists:

Miles DeRosa, student at Oakland School for the Arts
Emma Linnéa Hardison, student at Oakland School for the Arts
Leila Mottley, student at Oakland School for the Arts - 2017 Vice Laureate
Lizette Navarro, student at Skyline High School
Krysia Olszewska, student at Piedmont High School
Amaya (Bayleaf) Wilson, student at Oakland School for the Arts


We are very grateful to all our past judges for their time and their dedication to Oakland youth. See our 2017 judges here.