Colorado Seeking Applications for the First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate for Denver

Minor Disturbance has been supporting youth poets for years.
Minor Disturbance has been supporting youth poets for years.
Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices

Denver may no longer have an adult poet laureate -- the position was eliminated a few years ago to save money -- but the state still does: his name is Joe Hutchison. But on Friday, Colorado Creative Industry -- the state's art agency announced that it is accepting applications for the first-ever Denver Youth Poet Laureate.

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The state is seeking poets, rappers, leaders and activists between the ages of fourteen and twenty from throughout the metro area. The deadline to apply is February 20, and at that point, judges will pick a winner -- an announcement will be made on March 20.

Interested? Here's the rest of the announcement:

Along with the prestigious title of Denver Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also receive a book deal from Penmanship Books and will be the recipient of the Russell J. Arkind Memorial Scholarship. The Laureate will be provided with numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voice, civic leadership and love for Denver as they perform throughout the state.

All application materials must be submitted by February 20, 2015. Submission materials can be emailed via www.minordisturbance.org, uploaded via an online Submittable link available on either the Lighthouse Writers Workshop or Minor Disturbance website, or mailed to: 1301 W. 10th Avenue Denver, CO 80204.

The Denver Youth Poet Laureate is a program supported by Minor Disturbance, Colorado Creative Industries, Youth on Record and Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and is in partnership with Urban Word, supported by PEN Center USA and the Academy of American Poets. The Denver Youth Poet Laureate program identifies young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, and leadership and education.



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