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.
National Poetry Month would feel incomplete without the voices of our spoken word artists! This month, I’m presenting a video of Amanda Gorman performing her poem, “Neighborhood Anthem.” Amanda was the Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate in 2014/15—She’s an amazing poet and powerful teller of stories.
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.