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Youth Poet Laureate Program

Poets, Spoken-Word Artists, Writers, Rappers, & Emcees


Notice to Applicants:

The North Central Florida Youth Poet Laureate Program has decided to reopen the application process in the fall of 2022 to coincide with the beginning of the new school year. 

Your applications will remain on file and active, but if you choose to do so you may submit a new application at that time.

We will contact you with the new application dates and deadlines in the Fall.




North Central Florida,

Youth Poet Laureate Program

    Identifying youth poets who excel in the literary arts,            academics, community service and social activism.

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Fostering the creative spirits and intelligent minds of our youth community 

ARTSPEAKSgnv / ARTSPEAKS "Courageous Young Voices" is excited to announce a partnership with Alachua County, Urban Word, and The National Youth Poet Laureate Program.

Through these partnerships, we have established the North Central Florida Youth Poet Laureate Program.

Our goal is to select a North Central Florida Youth Poet Laureate in the Spring of 2023.

An amazing opportunity available to teens throughout North Central Florida

The North Central Florida Youth Poet Laureate Program is open to teens in the following North Central Florida counties:  


Alachua, Marion, Putnam, Clay, Baker, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, Lafayette, Suwannee, Hamilton, Madison, & Taylor

Literary organizations working together to support powerful voices

THE NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE PROGRAM is an initiative of "Urban Word", in collaboration with local youth literary arts organizations across the United States, The President's Committee on The Arts and Humanities, and championed by the leading national literary organizations, including the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, PEN Center USA, and Cave Canem.

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For more information about this wonderful program and partnership opportunities. Contact North Central Florida Youth Laureate Program: