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~ Congratulations, Naomi Borenstein! ~
Naomi has been selected as our 2023-2025 Youth Poet Laureate.
We look forward to working with Naomi in the years to come.

Applications for this position will re-open in late 2024.


CALLING ALL TEEN POETS! (Applications Closed)

The North Haven Memorial Library is pleased to announce our first ever Youth Poet Laureate Program!

About the Youth Poet Laureate

The title of Youth Poet Laureate is given to a North Haven teen (age 14-18) who has demonstrated poetic, academic, and artistic excellence within our community.

This individual will serve a two-year term as an ambassador participating in poetry workshops, public speaking engagements, and collaboration between North Haven's Adult Poet Laureate and the North Haven Memorial Library.

The Youth Poet Laureate will be selected by the Youth Poet Laureate Committee which has been appointed by the North Haven Memorial Library Board.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for North Haven's Youth Poet Laureate


To be considered, a nominee must be a resident of North Haven and be between 14-18 years old


All nominees must submit the following information by Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 5:00 pm:
  • A signed copy of the program information form (see below)
  • A signed copy of The North Haven Youth Poet Laureate Application Form and Required Materials Sheet (see below)
  • Three original poems that showcase your content, craft, and voice
    • Please note: Submissions should be no more than 5 pages in length
  • A recommendation letter from an adult who is familiar with your writing, academic achievements, and/or community involvement
  • An artist statement: Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what poetry means to you
    • Your statement should be 250 words maximum
    • If applicable, please include a separate paragraph listing any publications, awards, community service, or work experience
  • Name and contact info of your legal guardian, unless you will be 18 years old by February 1, 2023


A fillable PDF of the application can be downloaded via the button below,
while paper copies can picked up at the Information Desk (1st Floor).
You decide which method is easier for you!

Completed applications and all accompanying documents may be emailed to or returned, in person, to the Information Desk. 

For more information about the Youth Poet Laureate, please call the library at 203-239-5803.

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