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2019 Youth Poet Laureate Commencement!

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New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West

New York, NY 10024

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Come watch the top teen poets in NYC compete to be the 11th Annual Youth Poet Laureate of New York City!

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Since 1999, Urban Word NYC has been one of the largest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the United States. The organization's flagship initiative, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate Program, works to elect one young poet to represent the intersection of literary excellence and civic engagement -- and awards the appointed YPL with a book deal, speaking and organizing opportunities, and resources to enact a community-based civic project of their choosing.

In partnership with NYC Votes and the Office of the Mayor of New York City, this dynamic program, now entering its 11th year, has been replicated in over 40 cities across the United States. Come see where it all started -- and understand why it started here.

Throughout the month of October, all 15 finalists have been in workshop and communion together through a participant-paid fellowship at Federal Hall National Memorial, supported by the NY Harbor Parks Conservancy and the National Parks Service. Tonight's performance is the culmination of that powerful work.

Poets will perform two poems each. Performance will include celebrity guests to be announced closer to the time of the event. See you on November 22nd!

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