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New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

Using blank verse, Grace Ruo crafted a short poem designed for performance in poetry slams. In this gripping piece, she likens the tragic means by which Emmett Till achieved immortality with Jesus Christ. This work demonstrates the continued relevance of Mamie Till-Mobley’s decision to show the world what white racists did to her son on…

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Q & A with Grace Ruo

Q & A with Grace Ruo

A few weeks back, we sent the new St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate a few questions to answer about her laureateship. Grace replied with the thoughtful answers below. It was so telling that I wanted to share them more broadly. What does being the 2021 Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate mean to you? Being the…

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UrbArts Announces the 2021 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate

UrbArts Announces the 2021 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate

(ST. LOUIS Monday, January 11, 2021) — The 2021 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate is Grace Ruo, a 17-year-old native Kenyan and Hazelwood West High School senior. UrbArts will host an induction ceremony online and in person on January 18th to commemorate the federal holiday and observed birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr at 1:00…

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The Search for the 2021 STL Youth Poet Laureate Begins Today.

The Search for the 2021 STL Youth Poet Laureate Begins Today.

(ST. LOUIS Tuesday, December 1, 2020) — UrbArts begins the search for the next St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate through its annual call for submissions. In previous years, the submission window remained open for a month. This year, youth poets have until December 18th to submit a 3-poem portfolio and resume highlighting their community service…

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