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.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, I wanted to honor one of the brilliant poets that has shaped me and many other writers and has helped us find our way to our own stories and poems. Nikki Giovanni is a major inspiration, from her early collections to the present day. This month, I honor Giovanni’s work with both this wonderful poem about holding on and her amazing anthology Hip Hop Speaks To Children, a collection of poetry for young people and all people.
her grandmother called her from the playground
“i want chu to learn how to make rolls” said the old
but the little girl didn’t want
to learn how because she knew
even if she couldn’t say...
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.