2017-2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Application
Win a book deal to publish your first book! Tour New York City and the nation as a featured poet & speaker! Receive support to champion a civic engagement project to impact your community!
New York City Youth Poet Laureate
In partnership with NYC Votes and the Office of the Mayor of NYC, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify young writers and leaders committed to creating change through civic engagement and literary excellence. For the past decade, New York City's Youth Poet Laureates have included some of the most promising and provocative young voices in American letters, many of whom have gone on to pursue impressive careers in the arts, education and politics. From the application pool submitted here, we will identify 15 finalists -- based both on artistic merit and community service experience -- to compete for the title of the 2017-2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate on November 11th at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Applications now open! Please see below.
2017 Federal Hall Fellowship
While there will only be one NYC Youth Poet Laureate, all 15 finalists selected for this year's competition will be awarded Urban Word NYC's first-ever Federal Hall Fellowship. In partnership with the U.S. National Park Service and the Dialogue Arts Project, we're excited to offer paid fellowships for each YPL finalist to participate in a 3-week incubator workshop series at the historic Federal Hall National Memorial in lower Manhattan -- the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States in 1789. This October workshop series will be facilitated by a team of nationally acclaimed artists, actors, and musicians in the Urban Word NYC community, and will offer fellows the opportunity to write, work and dialogue together in the weeks leading up to the final competition.
PART I: Personal Information
Please input your personal information below.
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PART II: Awards, Honors & Community Service
While we will be carefully considering the experiences listed on your resumes/CVs, please highlight any specific awards and community service experiences that you'd like us to know in advance.
Please list any relevant awards or honors that you have received.
Please list any relevant volunteer/community service activities that you have participated in.
PART III: Civic Engagement Project Proposal
In addition to receiving a book deal and many performing and speaking opportunities, the NYC YPL will also be given support to develop a community engagement project on an issue of their choice. Projects could include developing a series of teach-ins about the prison industrial complex in local libraries or organizing a voter registration drive, to name a few.
Please be as detailed as possible in describing your project -- including anticipated timeline, resources needed, and the specific community you hope to impact through this effort.
PART IV: Resume/CV, Work Sample & Video Links
Using the options below, please upload a cv/resume, work sample of five (5) poems in a single document, and any additional video links (related to your work and experience) you wish to include.
Please upload your Resume/CV
Please upload your five (5) poems in One (1) document here
Please provide your video links here (OPTIONAL)
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