Youth Poet Laureate Program

The 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate application will open in December. Please check back!


Lucy Flattery-Vickness

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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 Runner Up
Lizette Navarro, student at Skyline High School
Krysia Olszewska, student at Piedmont High School
Amaya (Bayleaf) Wilson, student at Oakland School for the Arts


About the Youth Poet Laureate Program

Presented by Oakland Public Library's Teen Services, the 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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Community Partners: Write-to-Read and Alameda County Library, Chapter 510, and Oakland Book Festival.

To book the 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Azariah Cole-Shephard or 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).

2018 Applications open in December. FAQs and judging information is being updated please check back soon and follow us on Facebook: