The Hawai‘i Youth Poet Laureate Fellowship is a program of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with Urban Word. This fellowship will build youths’ skills in literary excellence, civic engagement, and social impact. During the fellowship, students, ages 11-19 will apply to become the FIRST Youth Poet Laureate of Hawai‘i!


Submission Process
  • Students Ages 11-19, Submit 3 original poems. Include a short resume with your name, address, phone number and email.
  • Detail your accomplishments, community service, after school activities, volunteer experiences and awards.

Submissions accepted March 1-31, 2021

Judging April 1-15

Crowning Celebration April 19 2021


Prizes!
  • Being Named Hawai’i’s First Youth Poet Laureate
  • A $100 Prize for the Top 5 Poets
  • Participation in a Special Celebration in April
  • Publication in Hawai’i’s First Youth Poet Laureate Anthology

Teachers or Individuals are Required to Register before participation

Calendar of Events

Date
Time
Instructor
Theme
Zoom Link
February

Feb 10, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: NĀNĀ I KE KUMU (Look to the Source) / Names

Feb 17, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: MĀLAMA WĀ (Nurturing the Space Between)

Feb 24, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong, Camea Davis & YPL Guest

What is Youth Poet Laureate? & Youth Poet Laureate Featured Poet

March

Mar 3, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong, Camea Davis & YPL Guest

The Power of the Youth Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate Featured Poet (Sumission Window Opens)

Mar 10, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: NĀNĀ I KE KUMU (Look to the Source) / Place

Mar 17, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: The Workshop as a Pu‘uhonua

Mar 24, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: NĀNĀ I KE KUMU (Look to the Source) / Praxis – (Submit YPL Applications During Workshop)

Mar 31, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong, Camea Davis & YPL Guest

The Future of the Youth Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate Featured Poet

April

Apr 7, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Poetry: Practicing Haku Mele

Apr 14, 2021

12:00-1:00pm

TravisT, Ittai Wong

Pacific Performance & Community: Rehearsal for the Show

Apr 19, 2021

TBD

Commencement Recording

Apr 24, 2021

TBD

Commencement Presentation

Featured Presenter Biographies

Camea Davis

Director of the Youth Poet Laureate Program

Camea Davis, PhD is a poet-researcher and teacher educator with a doctorate in critical educational policy studies from Ball State University. She has extensive experience conducting research on educational equity in urban teacher residency programs and culturally responsive teaching practices. Davis is also the National Network Director for the Youth Poet Laureate program, a program of Urban Word, an award-winning literary arts organization committed to social justice and civic engagement.

Travis Thompson

Pacific Tongues, Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi

Travis Kaululāʻau Thompson Born and raised in Kalihi, Honolulu, Oʻahu; Travis T. is a nationally ranked slam poet, spoken word artist, educator, pet owner, and professional Teaching Artist for the MACC. Currently pursuing his MA at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa; his research focuses on Polynesian oral traditions and looks at contemporary Hawaiian spoken word poetry as cultural social praxis. He is a cofounder of Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi, Pacific Tongues, and the HI Poets Society; and also worked for three years as a raw vegan chef.

Ittai Wong

Pacific Tongues, Le Jardin Academy

Ittai Wong is a Hapa Hawaiian polymath. This multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator is a published poet and two-time international grand slam champion, featured on the HBO documentary series, Brave New Voices. His art has been exhibited in galleries and museums from Hawaiʻi to Wisconsin. His poetry has been performed globally from Saipan to New Zealand and across the US from Broadway to the Bay. A Kailua native, he received a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin as a recipient of the full tuition First Wave Hip-Hop Theatre Ensemble Scholarship. Ittai currently lives and works in Kailua as the MYP1 Language & Literature teacher at Le Jardin Academy, while pursuing a Master’s in Education at the University of Hawaiʻi.