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Youth Poet Laureate Program
Congratulations to Oakland's 10th Youth Poet Laureate Myra Estrada!
& Vice Laureates Kaylan Black and Nadia Elbgal!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists:
Anna Chard, 16
Dara Kashayar, 15
Kaylan Black, 15
Maya Looney, 17
Myra Estrada, 15
Nadia Elbgal, 17
Siara Edmond, 16
Watch performances and interviews of all our 2021 Finalists here.
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 applications from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to join a community of young poets. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship. The Laureate will, and all the Finalists are invited to, serve as ambassadors for literacy, arts and youth expression with ongoing opportunities for performances, projects, and peer support. Starting in 2020, every applicant will be invited to stay in connection with the OYPL community.
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 financial, cultural, and social support is provided by Scholarship America.