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Myra Estrada Named Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate

2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Myra Estrada
Oakland Public Library
2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Myra Estrada

Oakland has announced its 2021 Youth Poet Laureate. The honor goes to Myra Estrada, a 16 year-old junior at Oakland High School.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made the announcement during a virtual award ceremony last Friday. Estrada read two of her pieces at the ceremony. They reflected on the intersectionality of her identity as a Latina woman in the era of social activism.

Estrada was among seven finalists in the competition, who were scored by a panel of judges based on their performances and leadership abilities. As part of being named Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate, she’ll receive a $5,000 scholarship and the opportunity to read her work in appearances throughout the year.