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Rebroadcast: Youth Poet Laureate's 'Love Poem to Oakland'

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Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Leila Mottley reads at an event. (Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library)

NOTE: This interview originally aired on June 4, 2019.

Oakland will pick its new youth poet laureate on June 7th. But before the new honoree is named, Forum talks with 16-year-old Leila Mottley, the city’s current youth poet laureate, who spent the past year promoting poetry across the city. We’ll also talk to Mottley about her self-published poetry collection, which grapples with the complexities of a rapidly changing Oakland.


Leila Mottley, Oakland Youth Poet Laureate


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