ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION DETAILS
Applicants must be between the ages of 14-19 years old and current residence of the DC Metro Area.Include a RESUME that has your name, address, phone # and email.
You may choose to include a short cover letter detailing, your accomplishments, community service, after school programs, volunteer experiences, and awards.
At least one poem, rap, or performance must address this year’s theme:
celebration, inspired by Lucille Clifton’s poem “won’t you celebrate with me.”
Submit your application and documents using the online registration form available on this page until October 10th, 2019 at 6 PM.
Along with the prestigious title of Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will win a book deal from the publisher of their choice to publish their first collection of poems, as well as a library tour. The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate and Washington DC Poet Ambassadors will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voices, their leadership, and love of Washington DC at numerous events across the DC Metro Area.
Urban Word and our other partners recognize the youth voice and community engagement as vital for empowering young people to effect positive changes in their communities and beyond. Local and national partners include Youth Speaks, Busboys and Poets, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the DC Public Libraries.