The New York City Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify young writers and leaders committed to creating change through civic engagement and poetic excellence.
Every fall, 15 finalists are selected from the pool of applications to join in workshop and communion together through a paid virtual fellowship program led by the Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence, Drew Drake. After the series of Fellowship workshops, the 15 will compete for the title of the NYC Youth Poet Laureate. Along with the official title, the NYC Youth Poet Laureate gets both high-level performance and publication opportunities and the opportunity to compete to be the National Youth Poet Laureate!
All finalists must be available for each of the following dates:
WORKSHOPS at Federal Hall (26 Wall St, New York, NY 10005):
Mondays & Wednesdays starting Sept 19th – October 27th @ 4:30-6:30pm (4pm arrival)
NYC YPL COMMENCEMENT announcing the 2023 NYC Youth Poet Laureate:
Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 @ 6pm at Federal Hall
All Finalists also have the opportunity to join in a PAID Spring Production of the work created during this fellowship in partnership with Federal Hall and the National Harbor Conservatory.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS THIS YEAR HAS PASSED
APPLICATIONS WILL REOPEN AUGUST 2023