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Meet Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate

Tova Ricardo is Oakland's next Youth Poet Laureate

This year, Tova Ricardo earned the title of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. From a young age, she was taught never to censor herself. That attitude caught the judges' attention. Now that she’s Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, she wants to show the rest of Oakland’s young literary community that they shouldn’t be afraid to speak out, either.



TOVA RICARDO: I want to inspire them. I want them to see me. I want them to see my picture. I want them to hear my poetry, be like, that's someone who can make change.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.