Applications Being Accepted for Oakland’s Youth Po...

Applications Being Accepted for Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate Contest


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Leila Mottley, a student at Oakland School of the Arts, has served as Oakland’s 2018 youth poet laureate.

Oakland’s Youth Poet Lau­reate program is a citywide effort to celebrate literacy through poetry and connect young writers to far-reaching opportunities.

Each year the program 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 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 the Oakland Museum of California with support from Urban Word.

Applications for the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest will be open until Mon­day, Feb. 4.

To enter, applicants must:

  • Be an Oakland resident
  • Be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of Feb. 4, 2019
  • Be available to serve as Laureate for the program year, June 2019 – June 2020
  • Be living locally through the program year
  • Not be enrolled in college full-time during the program year


Poems will be judged based on Content, Craft, and Voice. If you are advanced to the Fi­nal round, applications will be additionally judged on Leader­ship and Performance.

  1. Peggy Simmons

    27 December

    Thank you for helping us get the word out about this amazing program! Applications and more information can be found here:

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