Poet Laureate

The 2015 Youth Poet Laureate will be announced at the final ceremony.
July 11th | Time TBA | Venue TBA

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate: In partnership with the Oakland Public Library, this program is the first of its kind. 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 young writers (ages 13-18) to be considered for the city’s top literary honor. The winning poet earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression. In addition to the annual poetry competition, the program includes year-round workshops, public performances, publishing, and mentoring for young writers.

Calling on all Oakland based poets ages 13-18 to enter The 4th Annual Oakland Youth Poet Laureate competition! Become the next Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2015. Show us your best work! Your truth. Your style. Your voice.

The Winner will receive:
• A $5,000 scholarship
• Leadership opportunities and mentoring

Who can enter?
• Poets age 13-18 who live or attend school in Oakland (Please visit our website or call us for more eligibility requirements)

Applications accepted for 2015 are closed.

• Check out our Poet Laureate FAQs.
• Call Lana at 510.238.7613 or email oaklandpoets@gmail.com

Past Winners

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Oakland Public Library, Youth Speaks Inc. and ProArts in collaboration with more than a dozen community partners and funded with the generous support of The Friends of the Oakland Public Library and the Youth Speaks John diTargiani Youth Poet Laureate Fund.