Alyssa Gaines, an 18-year-old from Indianapolis, was named the 2022 National Youth Poet Laureate May 20, a program of Urban Word.
The moment Gaines was announced as the winner was both exciting and surprising, she told IndyStar.
“I just felt so much respect for the other finalists and so grateful to be in this position,” she said.
The National Youth Poet Laureate title was first held by Amanda Gorman in 2017. Gaines is the sixth poet to hold the title.
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