“Good bruhs, baddies, and beloveds: I’ve just been named by the Poetry Foundation as the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2022-2024. I am too amped to promote poetry to children and their families, and to devote myself to the vision I have of ensuring poetry reaches young people who often aren’t exposed to poetics, especially those outside of the mainland U.S.
Special thanks to @poetryfoundation for this recognition and the resources they’ll put behind my vision as a poetry advocate. And a shoutout to the list of phenomenal writers I join in the history of this laureateship, especially @jacqueline_woodson, who has always been a beacon I home in on in terms of how to have a writing career fully of integrity, humility, literary citizenship, and swag.
Poesía, pa’lante. ✨”