About the Youth Poet Laureate
Alora Young is a senior at Hillsboro High School. She is an IB diploma candidate and a graduate of the Iowa Young Writers Studio. She serves as the chief editor of the Burro Underground, Hillsboro's own literary magazine, and she is published in the Signal Mountain Review. She is the founder of Above Ground, an organization striving to increase equity in Nashville by combining creative writing and black history. In her free time, Alora enjoys playing chess and participating in theatre productions. She hopes to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
About the Nashville Youth Poet Laureate Program
The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Office of Mayor John Cooper, Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts + Culture, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Urban Word, and Southern Word. The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and youth voice across Nashville. Applications to serve as the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate are available at www.southernword.org.