July 8 — 3:53 pm, 2016

Science Leadership Academy senior named city’s youth poet laureate

2016 youth poet laureate otter jung allen photo by pamela yau Pamela Yau

Otter Jung-Allen, a senior at Science Leadership Academy, was named Philadelphia’s youth poet laureate for 2016 at an event on Thursday at City Hall. Jung-Allen will work with different organizations in Philadelphia to encourage and share a passion for poetry and the arts.  

Jung-Allen will be the fourth student in Philadelphia to hold this position.

“We are proud to have Otter Jung-Allen serve as the City of Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate and to lead by example in demonstrating to young Philadelphians that poetry can be an educational tool, a form of expression and a means of connection with people of all ages,” Mayor Kenney said in a statement.

The Youth Poet Laureate Program falls under the direction of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Jung-Allen will also work closely with Yolanda Wishner, the city’s poet laureate.

Jung-Allen was chosen by Wishner and the Poet Laureate Governing Committee, a group of eight people who are poets or have experience working in the arts.  

“The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy look forward to working with Otter this year to reach Philadelphians in their neighborhoods through poetry,” said Kelly Lee, chief cultural officer, in a statement. “As Youth Poet Laureate, Otter will have the valuable opportunity to not only perform throughout the city but also to educate their fellow Philadelphians of the importance of this living art form.”


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