Austin Youth Poet Laureate
The Austin Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify and uplift young writers and leaders who are committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity, social justice and education across Austin.
The Austin Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Library Foundation and the National Youth Poet Laureate Program led by Urban Word, with additional support from the Austin Public Library and Host Publications.
Apply to be the 2023 Austin Youth Poet Laureate
Deadline is Sept. 15th
- Serve as a representative for youth voice and poetry in Austin
- Be celebrated with a public event in the fall and participate in other readings and performances across the city
- Be published in the National Youth Poet Laureate anthology
- Be eligible to compete in the regional and national Youth Poet Laureate competitions and all national Youth Poet Laureate programming with other youth across the country
- Have the opportunity to publish a chapbook through local press Host Publications
Questions? Contact Katherine Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Austin Youth Poet Laureates
2022 — Zachary Suri
Finalists: Josie Bednar, Astrid Gothard, Margot Gothard, Isabelle Morgan, Mina Talebi
Listen to an interview with Zachary on KUT 90.5: "Austin’s Youth Poet Laureate on making sense of feelings through poetry"
2021 — Ireland Griffin
Finalists — Caroline Boyle, Elijah Kleinman, Keana Saberi, Zachary Suri, Ren Koppel Torres
Listen to an interview with Ireland on KUT 90.5: "Austin's first youth poet laureate to young writers: Your work has value and deserves to be heard"