Are You Philadelphia’s Next Youth Poet Laureate?

By Kris L. RSS Mon, May 2, 2022

Are you a creative, engaged student who is passionate about writing, reading, performing, and experiencing poetry? Are you equally passionate about working with your peers and other students to bring more poetry to Philadelphia? If so, apply to become the 2022-2023 Youth Poet Laureate!

The Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia serves as a leader in our city’s young artistic community. In the position, you will grow as a writer through mentorship with Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Airea D. Matthews. You will act as an advocate for poetry’s important subjects, like social justice, equity, well-being, and joy. You will create meaningful community projects and take part in impactful events around Philadelphia, and you’ll have a unique platform to promote poetry like no one else.

Here are some tips for applying from the 2020-2021 Youth Poet Laureate, Cydney Brown:

Get insight about the role of the Youth Poet Laureate at the Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Panel Discussion live on YouTube on Monday, May 9th at 6:00pm. Former Youth Poets Laureate Mia Concepcion, Wes Matthews, and Husnaa Hashim will answer questions about their experiences in a panel discussion moderated by 2020-2021 Youth Poet Laureate Cydney Brown. Submit your questions for the panel here or live in the chat!

Not able to make it? Great news! The panel will be available to view on the Free Library Teen Central YouTube channel, so you can catch up later.

Applications are being accepted now, and we want to read yours!

Questions to consider and actions to take as you prepare to apply:

  • What does poetry mean to you? How will you further the role of literature, the arts, and community engagement through the written and spoken word?
  • How will you take on the challenging and exciting role as an advocate for writing and creativity in your neighborhood, school, and city?
  • Gather examples of your amazing work.

Visit the Poet Laureate page on our website to learn more about the program and past Youth Poets Laureate.

Applications are being accepted now through June 10.

Apply today!


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Janice - Phila, Pa
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Please provide additional information on Teen programming.
Desiree - Philadelphia
Monday, May 16, 2022

Hi Desiree! Check out upcoming teen programs at the Free Library here: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/main/home/page/1/age/young-adult/having/all
Kris L - Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 25, 2022