Click the link to read the full interview between The Seattle Times and Seattle’s first Youth Poet Laureate, Leija Farr.
Last week, Leija Farr walked into her U.S. history class at Cleveland High School and was hailed as a celebrity — not for leading a championship sports team, or winning a beauty contest or being named valedictorian. But because she is a poet.
Farr was named Seattle’s first Youth Poet Laureate after judges reviewed her portfolio and those of 34 other students who applied for the honor. The competition, modeled on New York City’s Urban Word, nets Farr two writing mentors and a book deal with Penmanship Press in New York.
“We have a U.S. Poet Laureate, and a Washington State Poet Laureate and a Civic Poet in Seattle,” said Jeanine Walker, director of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program, which organized the competition. “But all of us work with young people, and we know they have a lot to say. We wanted them to have a forum, too.”