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Worcester Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate Programs

Important Notice: The City of Worcester's Cultural Development Division, in collaboration with City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., are pleased to announce that the City is looking for its next Youth Poet Laureate. This call to literary artists seeks poets ages 13 - 19 who have a significant connection to the Worcester community. Applications close November 15.

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The City Manager, Mayor, the Worcester City Council and the Office of Cultural Development have announced the appointments of the City of Worcester Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate.

The City of Worcester Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate will serve as official ambassadors of our historic, vibrant poetic and literary culture, using their positions to promote our great writers and the transformative qualities of poetry and the written word throughout the community.

The objectives of the City of Worcester's Poet Laureate Programs are to:

  • Enhance the presence and appreciation of poetry and literary arts in Greater Worcester.
  • Celebrate the spirit of the people and special qualities of Worcester, the City of Innovation.
  • Raise awareness of the power of literature, poetry and the spoken word.
  • Provide a forum for collaborative art forms.
  • Engage and support an emerging generation of poets and spoken word artists.
  • Provide access to poetry and literary arts to all sectors of the community.
  • Encourage the reading and writing of both poetry and the written word.

A five person committee was formed to review dozens of applications to the Poet Laureate programs. Distinguished poet, community activist, and long-time educator Juan Matos has been selected as Worcester's next Poet Laureate, to serve from January 2020 until December 2022. Amina Mohammed, a senior at Holy Name High School, will become the first Youth Poet Laureate in Worcester as well as the first in the state of Massachusetts. Mohammad will serve from January 2020 through December 2021.

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Poet Laureate

Juan Matos

Poet Laureate Juan MatosJuan Matos earned a Master's Degree in bilingual education at Worcester State University and went on to teach Spanish Literature and ESL for 32 years, the last 22 of which in Worcester Public Schools. During this time he wrote and published 12 poetry books and anthologies, took part in local and international literary festivals and founded several literary groups and workshops.

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Youth Poet Laureate

Amina Mohammed

Youth Poet Laureate Amina MohammedYouth Poet Laureate Amina Mohammed grew up in Worcester's Main South neighborhood, the daughter of an immigrant family. Her parents worked long hours to provide for her and her siblings with considerable support from neighbors. Mohammad is the first Youth Poet Laureate in the state of Massachusetts.

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