Pleasanton seeks teen poet laureates for 2015-16

Applications due Aug. 3

The City of Pleasanton is looking for applicants to be Pleasanton's Teen Poet Laureate.

The program aims to promote writing among today's youth and to help them develop and foster an appreciation for composing, reading, reciting, and listening to poetry.

The teen poet laureate will coordinate casual poetry readings and gatherings at school campuses, and accompany an adult Pleasanton poet laureate during occasional visits to schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District. In addition, the teen poet laureate can organize his or her own poetry event.

According to Visual and Literacy Arts coordinator Julie Finegan, laureates can be creative with their events.

Current teen poet Laureates Maya Lyubormirsky (Foothill High School senior) and Nicole Tsuno (Amador Valley High School junior) held a PUSD-wide elementary school poetry contest recently.

"We had a really amazing response," said Finegan. "There were winners at each elementary school who came with their families to share their winning poems, meet the other winners, and receive a prize."

In addition to the poetry contest, the two high schoolers have established an online poem that people can add to. It will be featured during "The Big Draw" on May 9. The girls are currently working on an open-mic night at the Firehouse Arts Center for May 14.

Interested teens can find the application online. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Pleasanton Community Services Office, 200 Old Bernal Avenue.

One teen poet laureate will be selected from each high school to serve during the 2015-16 academic year.

Applicants must be a high school junior or senior.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with a selection committee. The selection committee then makes a recommendation to the Arts Commission, who will make a recommendation to the Pleasanton city council.

For more information, contact Julie Finegan at 931-4849 or


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Posted by Dawn Khan
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Love to see the follow up article on the Teen Poet Laureate.

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