Youth Poet Laureate Program

Photos of Youth Poets

Applications for the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate have closed.  All applicants will be informed mid-March if they are advancing, or not, to the final round.

Information and Application Here.

Learn about past Laureates here.

Photo of Lucy Flattery-Vickness

Lucy Flatter-Vickness, Oakland's 2017 Youth Poet Laureate

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 Oakland Book Festival.

To book the  2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Lucy Flattery-Vickness 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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