2021 National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement

Join us for a night of powerful poetry by youth who are changing the world through words.

On Thursday, May 20, we will be celebrating the youth poets who are leaders in their communities. This event features this year's regional winners & National Youth Poet Laureate finalists.

This event will be streamed in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, America's premier performing arts center in Washington, D.C.

  • Special performance by 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate, Meera Dasgupta.

  • Hosted by Zora Howard (poet, actress, and first-ever local Youth Poet Laureate)

  • A Special Welcome by Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Artistic Director, Kennedy Center)

  • Concluding the event we will announce the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate.

2021 NYPL commencement flyer