-About Lauren Barton-
Lauren Barton is the 2022 Co-Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis. As a poet, Lauren likes to discuss the challenges within the Black community and show how the Black community is affected through numerous things, such as generational trauma and unaccounted mental health. She also likes to write emotional pieces so other people can relate to her themes and do not have to feel alone. Lauren is a senior at Pattonville High School. Upon graduating, she intends to explore medicine, particularly emergency medicine, labor and delivery and neurology, with plans of obtaining her doctorate in nursing.