What is a Young People’s Poet Laureate?
Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure, the young people’s poet laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.
This poem comes from the same book I’ve chosen to highlight. You’ll find a number of poems on the Poetry Foundation website from my memoir, but here is the one that both celebrates my birth and also gives a little bit of our country’s history and the reason behind the need for a month to celebrate African American History.
I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital
a country caught
between Black and White.
I am born not long from the time
or far from the place
worked the deep rich land
dawn till dusk
drank cool water from scooped-out gourds
looked up and...
The First Lady honored the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for youth poets. This award celebrates the exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise of this generation of leaders.
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