2016 Youth Poet Laureate Winner

Congratulations to our 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Nkosi Nkululeko!

Nkululeko, a Callaloo Fellow and The Watering Hole Fellow, has received nominations for the American Voices Award, Independent Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize. Nkosi was a member of the 2014 Urban Word NYC Slam Team and 2015 Urbana-NYC Slam Team. His work is currently published or forthcoming in decomP, No Token, The New Sound, Rose Red Review, Hobart and elsewhere. He resides in Harlem, New York, where he listens to Jazz, waving his Jazz hands.

As the Youth Poet Laureate, Nkosi will travel the five boroughs to speak to his peers about voting and civic engagement. As NYC Youth Poet Laureate, Nkosi will receive a book deal from Penmanship Books!

Thanks to our friends at Scatter Radio, you can check out the poem that landed Nkululeko his YPL win below:

I am so privileged to have been at this amazing event. I came with new teen refugee friends from Syria. They were blown away not only with the ability of our YPL to express their deepest frustrations so eloquently, but the tangible connection among our youth. Another perspective given to me through art. Thank you Urban Word for another stellar event! – Tina Jacobson

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