2015/16 Youth Poet Laureate
Leija Farr was the first ever Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, born in Seattle, Washington. Everything the world gives her is up for interpretation. She became more serious about poetry after winning a contest at age 12 with a poem about teens and drug use. Since then, she has expressed herself, growing mentally and physically through open mics across the city. She is a poet that is particular with the words she uses in order to evoke change. Her writing deals with topics of social justice, women’s empowerment, and self-love. She is a graduate of Cleveland High School and attends Seattle Central College. She is the author of the poetry collection Outweigh the Gravity (2016) with Penmanship Books.