2016/17 Youth Poet Laureate
Angel Gardner is Seattle’s 2016/17 Youth Poet Laureate. She has been writing for over ten years now, on her own and as a youth ambassador with the Pongo Teen Writing Program. She believes that the best types of creative writing are the kinds without barriers, that make you shift and sweat. Her community advocacy includes work with the Mockingbird Society and New Horizon Ministries, organizations that support youth experiencing homelessness through advocacy and working towards systemic change. She is the author of the poetry collection Blood Melody (2017) with Penmanship Books.