The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for Philadelphia’s next Youth Poet Laureate. The OACCE has instituted this position in order to promote interest in poetry throughout the city and to give one young person an opportunity to develop his or her talents in poetry.  This individual will also promote poetry through their work with Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Frank Sherlock, and appearances in their capacity as Youth Poet Laureate from June 2014 through May 2015. The application process is open to any youth residing in Philadelphia and attending high school at the time of application. However, students graduating high school in June 2014 are ineligible. The guidelines and online application can be found at A copy of the application is available for download to submit by mail as well.

All applicants must be nominated by an adult. The OACCE strongly encourages school administrators and teachers to become involved in the process and select nominees to represent your school in the larger Youth Poet Laureate selection process.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked to the OACCE by April 11, 2014.

For all questions, please contact Lindsay Tucker So at