Hear Our Voices: Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2015

Saturday, July 11th | 5pm
Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612

Who Will Be The Next Oakland Youth Poet Laureate?

The Oakland Public Library, Pro Arts, Youth Speaks, and more than a dozen community partners are hosting a fantastic night of youth poetry as part of BEAST CRAWL, Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary event for all ages.

Eight teen finalists from the Youth Poet Laureate will perform, and the 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be announced at the end of the evening. If you love poetry, love Oakland, and want to be part of a community-wide celebration of young people, this is the event for you!

About Beast Crawl
BEAST CRAWL is a free literary festival featuring more than 200 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty-five local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, performance spaces, and storefronts.


About The Oakland Poet Laureate Program

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.