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Urbana announces call for 2020 youth poet laureate

Here’s some good news for area teen poets. In addition to the call for nominations for the 2020 City of Urbana Poet Laureate position, the City of Urbana has announced the launch of a Youth Poet Laureate program

The recent announcement states:

The inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Program celebrates Urbana’s youth by sponsoring an Urbana teen poet (ages 13 – 18) who serves as a youth ambassador for poetry and utilizes poetry as a means for civic leadership, artistic excellence, and social engagement.

Urbana’s Youth Poet Laureate Program joins the National Youth Poet Laureate Program (YPL) network through Urban Word with programs in more than 50 cities, states and counties across the United States, collaborating with leading national literary organizations including the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Application forms and guidelines are available online. All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, October 18th.







Image courtesy of the Urbana Arts & Culture Program

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