2018 DC Youth Poet Laureate


Aniyah Smith is a 17 year old activist, artist, and animal lover. From a young age she has had a passion for the arts and dreamt that her little voice could change the world. Today, though her voice is bigger, she has the same aspirations and is walking the pathway to create the vision she imagined for herself all those years ago. She is working to become the change she wants to see in the world one song, slam, and smile at a time.
Words Beats & Life coordinates the local DC chapter of this program and ensures each DC Youth Poet Laureate receives a book deal, a performance tour throughout the city, and professional development resources. Aniyah is the third ever DC Youth Poet Laureate following 2nd year’s champion, Kenny Carroll, and the inaugural champion, Malachi Byrd. Register to compete to become next year’s DC Youth Poet Laureate by filling in the registration form on this page. Good luck!


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