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"WEST VALLEY YOUTH POET LAUREATE"

ARE YOU A POET? PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL POEMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT WEST VALLEY YOUTH POETRY LAUREATE TITLE

SUBMIT BY APRIL 1ST - PERFORMANCE AND CELEBRATION APRIL 19TH 2024

WHAM-Art.Org Announces it's search for the next West Valley Youth Poet Laurette. All student ages 14-18 who live in Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, and Tolleson, are invited to submit up to three poems to WHAM-art.org by April 1, 2024 to be considered for the title of the next West Valley Youth Poet Laureate.


Nathanial George, the first ever West Valley Youth Poet Laureate will be joined by Maggie
Gautier, WHAM’s Literary Arts Manager as they present the next recipient with the title at an
awards ceremony and performance on April 19, 2024 at the WHAM Gallery, 16560 N. Dysart
Rd. Surprise, AZ. In addition, a compilation of selected poetry entries will be available in a printed
"chat" book for the writers who would like to see their work published.


Applications for submission are processed through the WHAM website under the Literary Arts
Header. "We are very excited about the expansion of the Literary Arts at WHAM which now
includes the monthly Open Mic nights on the third Friday of every month at 6:30; the Youth
Poet Laurette Program and writing workshops throughout the year," said Connie Whitlock the
Executive Director of WHAM. “We want everyone to have and find their own voice and the
Youth Poet Laureate is a platform for young people that we on a mission to nurture and
encourage.” If you have any issues with the application please contact Maggie Gauiter.


CONTACT: MAGGIE GAUTIER
MAGGIE.GAUTIER@WHAM-ART.ORG
773-852-9873 (direct)
623-584-8311 (gallery)

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