Passion = Poetry: Be the Next Youth Poet Laureate!

By Kalela W. Mon, May 14, 2018

There’s something about writing poetry that sparks the need to shape the community around us. It inspires us to engage with others, it encourages reflection—and it incites change. Maybe conveying some larger truth within a few words pushes us to serve something greater than ourselves. Add to this alchemy the passion of a young mind, and the world’s got magic in its hands. This is why our city has a Youth Poet Laureate. And this, young poets, is why Philadelphia needs you!

Being this city’s Youth Poet Laureate means you’ll serve as a leader in Philadelphia’s young artistic community. You’ll grow as a writer and a community advocate through mentorship by Philadelphia’s Poet Laurate, the phenomenal Raquel Salas Rivera. You’ll do meaningful community projects and take part in impactful events around the city—a literary VIP with a platform to promote poetry like no one else. You’ll even have a shot at being named the National Youth Poet Laureate!

The 2018 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, Husnaa Hashim, says, "My experience as Youth Poet Laureate has opened my life and career as a writer up to innumerable opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. I have traveled to various corners and crevices of the city sharing my poetry, and facilitating workshops for youth on poetry as a survival mechanism. I have been mentored by, and shared space with, the most renowned artists and writers in Philadelphia. But most importantly, I have come to truly regard Philadelphia as home."

Applications for the next Philadelphia Youth Poet Laurate are steadily coming in, but we want to read yours:

  • Tell us what poetry means to you, and how you’ll further the role of literature, the arts, and community engagement through the written word.
     
  • Show us examples of your limitless talent.
     
  • Be who this city needs!

Visit the Philadelphia Poet Laureate page on our website to learn more and apply today. Remember, the deadline is May 18!

Husnaa Hashim, 2018 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate
Husnaa Hashim, 2018 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

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Angela Joy - South Philly Wed, May 16, 2018
Click the link I beleive
Shaniya - Philadelphia Wed, May 16, 2018
As the Self-Proclaimed Humbled King that I Am at www.istandariseascreationllc.weebly.com, I stand for everything meaningful, for Greatness and I Am used to being misunderstood and underrated, So as a Man Child of God, A Creation of the most Divine Creator, I Am aligned and continue to channel my #GREATNESS through the wizardry of my poetics and literary work, For my Divinity speaks through my Spirit (Think of the Ancient Scribe, Tehuti) and through the very Breathe of my Hue-Man Being, As I Am who God made me to be (My Author), My Mother is my Deliverer and my Living Soul/Spiritual Creator (My Narrator) and I Am designed as the Scribe to mark my words forever in time (The Writer). I Stand Arise As Creation, I Am Isaac George Mesquita. Poetry is my artistic therapy. My escape from out of sweltering existence of the World, Often times it helps me at cool relaxed state and other times it has me raising up the vibrational level up from my worldly angst to my spiritual consciousness.
Isaac George Mesquita - Philadelphia Tue, May 22, 2018
Poetry is my artistic therapy. My escape from out of the sweltering existence of this World, Often times it helps me to be at a cool relaxed state and other times it has me raising up the vibrational level up from my worldly angst to my spiritual consciousness.
Isaac G. Mesquita - Philadelphia Tue, May 22, 2018
I intend on building with so many communities across the Philadelphia through poetry, music, culture and creative art. My business is called www.istandariseascreationllc.weebly.com which personifies this community building in which I speak of, So I wish to take the pulse of this City to new heights.
Isaac G. Mesquita - Philadelphia Tue, May 22, 2018

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