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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 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.

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.

Meet our 2022 Youth Poetry and Deputy Youth Poetry Ambassadors

Lourdes Nicolella
Lourdes Nicolella, 2022 Youth Poetry Ambassador
Adi Gamache, 2022 Deputy Youth Poetry Ambassador

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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