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, Creative Learning Initiative, Learn All The Time, and Host Publications.
- Serve as a representative for youth voice and poetry in Austin
- Be celebrated with a celebration 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
HOW TO APPLY
- Fill out an application. (Applications will open on July 1, 2021 at 8:00am. All applications must be submitted online by Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 11:59pm.)
- Submit the following materials:
- 5 original poems (maximum total page count of 20 pages)
- A resume, CV, or brag sheet detailing applicant’s accomplishments, community service, after-school program participation, awards, or anything else applicant wishes to highlight about themselves
- Optional multimedia supplement
Interested in learning more about Austin YPL? You’re invited to join our Virtual Info Session on Thursday, May 13 from 7:00-8:00pm CST. This session is for any/all students, teachers, parents, families, and community partners/stakeholders. Anyone with questions can attend! Please register through Eventbrite here to receive the access link.
Potential applicants are invited to a workshop that will walk you through the application process step by step — from drafting and generating poems to compiling a resume. Plus, you’ll get to learn from other poets while you craft your own work. These workshops are free and open to all!
- JUNE 2021: YPL Summer Applications Workshops (Session I)
- Thursday, June 10 / Workshop 1: The Poems
- Thursdays, June 17 / Workshop 2: The Brag Sheet
- Thursdays, June 24 / Workshop 3: You & Austin, TX
- JULY 2021: YPL Summer Applications Workshops (Session II)
- Thursday, July 15 / Workshop 1: The Poems
- Thursday, July 22 / Workshop 2: The Brag Sheet
- Thursday, July 29 / Workshop 3: You & Austin, TX