Tag Archives: Brave New Voices

Azariah Cole-Shephard

Azariah Cole-Shephard, 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Captures the Spotlight

When 18-year-old Azariah Cole-Shephard speaks, people listen.   That’s because Oakland’s newly awarded 2016 Youth Poet Laureate doesn’t just have something to say – she has a captivating, educational and unapologetically bold way of telling [...]
2013 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Obasi Davis

Obasi Davis, 17, Wins Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate Competition

The Oakland Public Library has selected 17-year-old Obasi Davis as the new Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Oakland. Davis emerged as the best of eight talented finalists in a competition that began in [...]