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Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Teens with a Purpose, Hampton Roads Youth Poets, and in partnership with Urban Word, supported by PEN Center USA and the Academy of American Poets. The Norfolk Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, and leadership and education across Hampton Roads. In 2016, the program expanded to include all of the Hampton Roads cities. Teens with a Purpose is accepting submissions from young poets, rappers, leaders and activists ages 14-19 from across Hampton Roads who are interested in representing the region as the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate.
Meet the current 19′-20′ Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate
Devon “Imagine” Carter
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Donnovan Pollock
2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate
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Dayana Lee
2016 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate
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Raven Bland
2015 Norfolk Youth Poet Laureate Winner
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View the full Hear This! Documentary that aired last spring on Cox Channel 11 last spring. A film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust.  It’s about the joy of being young and the pain of growing up.  It’s about speaking out, making noise and finding your voice.  It also just happens to be about poetry plus the grassroots organization behind this movement and the community they create for young poets, singers, artists and other aspiring young agents for positive change! This film covers the 5th annual Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Slam Festival.