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Rhode Island Center for the Book and Poet Laureate Tina Cane Announce RI Youth Poetry Ambassador Initiative 2022

Rhode Island Poet Laureate, Tina Cane, and the Rhode Island Center for the Book, are partnering to launch the 2022 Rhode Island Youth Poetry Ambassador initiative. This program seeks to establish a youth poetry advocate position to be filled by a high school student (grades 9-12) who resides in the state of Rhode Island. This year’s application period takes place between November 1, 2021-December 15, 2021.

This initiative is designed to bring more poetry directly to our state’s youth and to inspire young people through example. Just as the State Poet Laureate position symbolically affirms Rhode Island’s support of poetry, the Youth Poetry Ambassador is meant to validate and support the creative potential of our young people. A Deputy Youth Poetry Ambassador will also be selected to perform on-site, in-state duties when necessary or desirable.

A Youth Poetry Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador will be chosen by RI Poet Laureate, Tina Cane, and announced in early January 2022.

The selected Youth Poetry Ambassador will receive (some or all of) the followingopportunities–contingent upon the student’s ability and availability:

  • a $250 cash prize
  • a guest-writer spot in the Providence Journal “Second Sunday” Poet Laureate column
  • the opportunity to have his/her/their poetry featured through the Poetry in Motion, RI on RIPTA busses state-wide
  • an opportunity to record a reading for Cane’s distance reading series, Poetry is Bread.

Applicants may submit the following materials TOGETHER, via email or post, between November 1, 2021 and December 15, 2021:

  • a one or two-paragraph statement on why s/he would like to be considered for this position
  • a letter of support from a teacher or librarian
  • a letter of support from a peer
  • two original poems

email: Kate Lentz, Director of Rhode Island Center for the Book at kate@ribook.org

by mail:         Rhode Island Center for the Book

                        Pell Center

                        Salve Regina University

                        100 Ochre Point Avenue

                        Newport, RI  02840

                        Attn: Kate Lentz, Director

Past Youth Poetry Ambassadors

2020/21 Youth Poetry Ambassador Halima Ibrahim

2019 Youth Poetry Ambassador Catherine Sawoski

2018 Youth Poetry Ambassador Moira Flath

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