Youth Poet Laureate
2019 Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate!
The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Selects First Ever Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate: Hannah Laga-Abram
(photo courtesy of Laurie Wisdom)
Santa Fe, NM— June 18, 2019—In partnership with the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry is pleased to announce the selection of Hannah Laga-Abram as the city’s first ever Youth Poet Laureate. This exciting partnership will connect Santa Fe with a national youth poetry program emphasizing the amazing literary works of youth in our community. The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry's Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program received 27 submissions from poets ages 13 to 18 from 12 schools across Santa Fe. Five prominent judges reviewed the submissions to determine the winner who was crowned at an event on April 11 at the Community Gallery of the Santa Fe Convention Center. For her selection Hannah received $1,000 in scholarship money from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and will have 5 poems published in the National Youth Poet Laureate annual anthology by Penmanship Books in New York City. Additionally, Hannah will have speaking and reading engagements throughout the year that she is Youth Laureate and be able to apply for the regional and national youth poet laureate contests. Hannah’s service will also collaborate with the City of Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Jacobson, for a number of shared programming offerings over their terms. For more information on the City's Fifth Poet Laureate, please click HERE.
Hannah Laga-Abram graduated from the Santa Fe Waldorf School and will be attending Middlebury College this Fall. She has been in love with words and their beautiful, wild power for as long as she can remember. She has served as Head Editor of The Taliesin, school art and literary magazine, Reporter for Generation Next (the teen page of the Santa Fe New Mexican), Co-President and cofounder of the Student Advocacy Union (a group of students from high schools across Santa Fe who work to bring awareness and change around social and climate justice issues within the community and legislature), Volunteer Teen Mentor for the Global Warming Express, a science and advocacy education program for elementary school students, and a Youth Ally with Earth Care (a nonprofit devoted to amplifying the voices of underprivileged populations through leadership training, community service, and civic engagement). Hannah is Student Council President as well as a varsity athlete and amateur violinist. Her work has been honored in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Keys, 1st and 2nd place in Pasatiempo writing contest. Her poetry has been featured in The Rattler, Cadmium Yellow Press, Orrisroot Mag, and more.
“Seeing the talent and passion that our youth showed in the Youth Poet Laureate competition has brought me great hope for what this generation can do for our society. It truly has been an inspiring journey for me personally.”
Kelsey Brown, Executive Director, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.
The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate is a program of The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. The Foundation will begin accepting applications for next year's competition in January 2020. Visit the website for more information www.bynnerfoundation.org.
Interviews with Ms. Laga-Abram may be arranged via Kelsey Brown, Executive Director, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.
Youth Poet Laureate Prizes Include:
5 poems published in the National Youth Poet Laureate annual anthology by Penmanship Books
4 VIP tickets to Zozobra, Labor Day Weekend 2019
Reading and speaking engagements between May 2019 and April 2020
Featured on Youth Poet Laureate website with a picture and poem
Opportunity to apply to the regional youth poet laureate competition
The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity and education. The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program is presented by The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, and championed by Urban Word.
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