The NYC Youth Poet Laureate is a program that celebrates young poets who are interested in making a social impact. The winner of the Youth Poet Laureate Program will win a book deal to publish a book with Penmanship Books, a chance to build a platform around a political/social/community issue of their choice, and a chance to become the National Youth Poet Laureate.
NYC Youth Poet Laureates have gone on to perform on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, at Mayor Bill De Blasio’s inauguration, and at a poetry jam hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Youth Poet Laureate application is due Tues. November 1st. If you are at all interested, I encourage them to apply. If you have questions, please contact José Olivarez of Urban Word NYC. You can find the application here.
Finalists will be announced on November 15th, and The NYC Youth Poet Laureate Finals will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2017 at The Bryant Park Branch of the New York Public Library.
Here is a video of 2015 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Crystal Valentine, to inspire you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPEdcr_XePk.