Photo Gallery: 2017 Youth Poet Laureate Reading
June 9, 2017
At the Northwest Folklife Festival on Saturday, May 27, Seattle Arts & Lectures awarded the title of Seattle’s 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) to Lily Baumgart, age 17 of Garfield High School. SAL also named the the 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, Namaka Auwae-Dekker, a 15 year old student at Franklin High School. The announcement was preceded by a celebratory reading by all of the 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate candidates. The 2016/17 Youth Poet Laureate, Angel Gardner, also read from her new collection of poetry, Blood Melody, published by Penmanship Books.
As 2017 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Lily will also receive a book deal with Penmanship Books and both poets will get a chance to share their powerful words at cultural events held throughout the year across the Puget Sound region. Congrats, Lily and Namaka!