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The 2021/22 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Application is Now Open

Seattle Arts & Lectures is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications to the 2021/22 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort, from now until Friday,  April 23, 2021.


Program Overview

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program is part of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) with support from Urban Word NYC, Northwest Folklife Festival, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, Cave Canem, and Poetry NW Editions.

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort Program offers:

  • A year-long writing cohort led by two distinguished mentors.
  • Workshops on the generation, refining, and publication of work.
  • Seasonal readings and opportunities for performances throughout the city.
  • Free access to all Seattle Arts & Lectures events with visiting writers throughout SAL’s 2021-22 season, and a chance to read on SAL stages.


2021 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Position

Along with the prestigious title of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, the selected poet will also get a book deal from local publisher, Poetry NW Editions, to publish their first collection of poems in May of 2022. The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voice, their leadership, a love for the city at events throughout the region over the course of the following year. This person is expected to be an active, supportive  member of the cohort program, supporting and encouraging fellow writers in the group.


Click here to view our online application, otherwise applications can be mailed in following the directions below.


**Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 23**

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