Sharon Lin delivered an inspirational reading of her poem “A Footnote on a Hollywood Blockbuster,” at the eighth annual YPL spoken word competition on Saturday at the New York Public Library in the Celeste Bartos Forum.
The 18-year-old’s bracing performance won over the crowd at the event, hosted by the Campaign Finance Board and the nonprofit Urban Word.
As Youth Poet Laureate, Lin will work with the board’s voter education campaign, NYC Votes, to push young voters to the polls and get involved in issues that affect their lives.
The politically-savvy Stuyvesant High School senior is no stranger to activism.
Lin said the honor dovetails with many of her interests, especially helping other teens realize that their voices matter.
“I’ve done voter registration campaigns before, and voter turnout is an important issue,” she said. “It goes back to the fact that people don’t realize their voice matters.
“That mentality, that anyone can make a difference, is really a leading idea that pushes me to promote youth activism and political activism.”