Honoring young writers committed to civic and community engagement.
The 2020/21 Youth Poet Laureate Release
Join us for a moment of celebration, contemplation, and healing found in the brave voices of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program. This video gallery celebrates the achievement of 2019/20 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei Lee, and the public release of her first poetry collection, In the Footsteps of a Thousand Griefs (Poetry NW Editions).
“Poetry Resonates”—An Interview with Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee
Wei-Wei Lee, our 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate, is a poet whose work pays tribute to both Taiwan and America in her writing. This summer, we sat down virtually with Wei-Wei to ask her about everything from coping with writer’s anxiety, to how place informs her creative practice, to the advice she would give youth writing […]
The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program aims to identify youth writers and leaders committed to poetry, performance, civic and community engagement, education, and equity across the Puget Sound region.
Youth Poet Laureates have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voices, their leadership, and love of Seattle at regional events throughout the course of the year. They also publish a poetry collection, released in May by Poetry NW Editions, when the next Youth Poet Laureate of the following year is announced.
All students selected as finalists will also be invited to be part of a year-long cohort of poets working together in workshops, on collaborative print projects, and at public readings, such as Lit Crawl.
The collections of former Youth Poet Laureates are available through Penmanship Books, and Azura Mizan Tyabji’s collection, Stepwell, is available here.
Beauty is a tongue you will learn to speak.
— “For Black Boys,” by 2015/16 Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr
It’s a strange thing to know that you’re loved. A foreign concept, but these, surely, are foreign lands.
— Wei-Wei Lee, 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate
To be granted this position this year has given me a louder voice, but it has also made people take me and my writing legitimately.
— Lily Baumgart, 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate
Azura Tyabji is an emerging poet, prose writer and justice seeker cuspinig new genres and bending Documentary style poetry. A modern day apostle of unrepentant certitude . . . May all the established poets hold [this] new work, by [this] new author closely.
— Anastacia-Renee, Seattle Civic Poet, Author of (v.), Forget it, and Answer (Me)
The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to poetry, performance, civic and community engagement, education, and equity across the Puget Sound Region.
A group of esteemed judges chooses eight finalists from the application pool, and selects one teen to be honored with the title of Youth Poet Laureate and a runner-up Youth Poet Ambassador at the annual Commencement Performance.
Along with the prestigious title of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also get a book deal from local publisher Poetry NW Editions to publish their first collection of poems. And, at events throughout the region over the course of the next year, the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voice, leadership, and love for the city.