This past Saturday, August 21, ILLINOIS HUMANITIES hosted the virtual awards ceremony for the 5th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards. This year’s poems celebrated the bonds of family, friendship, and community while also reckoning with social injustices and national tragedy. You can hear our state’s youngest poets perform their award winning work here, and you can read this year’s winning and honorable mention poems here. The ceremony also included the premiere of “For Young Poets,” an original work by Illinois Poet Laureate, Angela Jackson, which she wrote especially for the event.

Find full details here: https://www.ilhumanities.org/news/2020/08/poetry-awards-celebrate-young-writers-across-illinois/?fbclid=IwAR3twevft_TuOY5XcSwZwWJboLslQpvvn14CBsF5DpVRALIVadqyXP5GsYE