Austin Youth Poet Laureate Program
The deadline has been extended: Applications for 2022-2023 Austin Youth Poet Laureate are due September 15th!Austin-area poets age 13-18: apply to be the next Austin Youth Poet Laureate! The application period will open on Friday, July 1, 2021 and close on Thursday, September 15th, 2022 at 11:59PM Central Time. Submit your application here.
To apply, you will need to submit:
A portfolio of five original poems
A résumé highlighting civic and community engagement
An optional multimedia supplement
A group of esteemed judges will choose five finalists and one winner. The winner will be showcased at a celebration in the fall and will have the opportunity to publish a chapbook through local press Host Publications.
Free Application Workshops
All teens who are interested in applying are invited to attend free application workshops this summer. These workshops, lead by a poet and teaching artist, will take you through the application process step-by-step. Students will get help writing and putting together a portfolio of original poems, compiling a resume of community engagement, and more! You'll learn more about the program and what it means to be a Youth Poet Laureate, and you'll get to learn from fellow writers in the process.
Workshops will be held at the Austin Central Library in July and August. Each workshop will meet three times, with a different focus each time. We encourage you to come for all three meetings. Reserve your space on Eventbrite below.
Saturday, July 16 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 1: The Poems
Saturday, July 23 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 2: The Brag Sheet
Saturday, July 30 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 3: You & Austin, TX
Saturday, August 6 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 1: The Poems
Saturday, August 13 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 2: The Brag Sheet
Saturday, August 20 @ 1:00pm / Workshop 3: You & Austin, TX
ABOUT THE AUSTIN YOUTH POET LAUREATE PROGRAM
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
Congratulations to Ireland Griffin, Austin's first Youth Poet Laureate!
Ireland Griffin, 17, is a student at Meridian World School, although much of her work is out in the community. In addition to founding Half Empty Magazine, Ireland devotes a lot of energy to volunteering for political campaigns, doing phone-banking, recruitment, and door-to-door canvassing. In 2020, she was a featured speaker at the Women’s March at the Capitol. Most recently, Ireland has written for Grain of Salt Magazine and the Purple Hydrangea Project, which works to destigmatize mental health. We are so proud to name her as the inaugural Austin Youth Poet Laureate.
Congratulations to the 2021 Austin Youth Poet Laureate finalists:
- Caroline Boyle, 13 (Lamar Fine Arts Academy)
- Elijah Kleinman, 18 (The University of Texas at Austin)
- Keana Saberi, 17 (Westwood High School)
- Zachary Suri, 16 (LASA High School)
- Ren Koppel Torres, 17 (Westlake High School)