YPL2016logoThe Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and activists in our community who are dedicated to civic engagement through poetry and performance.

Applications for the 2016-17 Houston Youth Poet Laureate are now closed.

Judges will review submissions and the top 5 finalists will be interviewed on Saturday, October 8th. From those finalists, Mayor Sylvester Turner will appoint the 2016-17 Houston Youth Poet Laureate.  The winner will be announced at the Writers in the Schools Gala on Thursday, November 10th at The Astorian. 

The Houston Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Writers in the Schools, the Houston Public Library, the City of Houston, and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with support from Urban Word NYC, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, PEN Center USA, and Penmanship Books.

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2782“As Houston’s first Youth Poet Laureate, I hope I can spread the news that words matter. Together we must write the poems that need to be heard, poems that will unite and inspire us.” – Andrew White

In the fall of 2015 Andrew was chosen by former Mayor Annise Parker from 45 talented Houston-area applicants ages 14-19 to represent the city by sharing his powerful voice, leadership and love of our city as Houston’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate. This summer Andrew was chosen to represent the Southwest Region as Regional Youth Poet Laureate.

Andrew is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a creative writing major. In the fall 2016, he will attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a founding member of the Houston Art for the New Generation (HANG) teen leadership group at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Youth Advisory Council.



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