May 18 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Open to the public

Special Event: Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate Finals *IN PERSON*

The Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate Finals will take place in person at the Milwaukee Central Library, Centennial Hall (733 N. 8th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233).

Join us as we name Milwaukee’s second Youth Poet Laureate! Hosted by Milwaukee Public Library and emceed by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Woodland Pattern Board Member Margaret Rozga, the program will feature performances by our three finalists, Temiloluwa Adesanya (Dominican High School), Aleena Ahmed (Nicolet High School), Laya Sumithra(University School of Milwaukee) along with an appearance and reading by Milwaukee’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate, Emily Igwike.

Judges for this year’s competition include poet and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at UW–Milwaukee Sean Enfield; Milwaukee Arts Board member and Manager of Afterschool Arts & Humanities at Milwaukee Recreation April Heding; and poet and Director of Woodland Pattern’s Milwaukee Queer Writing Project CJ Scruton.



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