Marie (Mar - ee) Shields, the 2021 Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, is a senior from Overton High School. She is a writer, poet, and trombonist. She loves science fiction and creative writing. She likes to focus her writing on the morality and temperament of humanity. She loves sushi, making people laugh, and anything related to theoretical physics.
The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Office of the Mayor, Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts + Culture, Nashville Public Library, Metro Human Relations Commission, 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.