avery r. young, Chicago Poet Laureate, pictured at the Poetry Foundation. Photo by Patrick L. Pyszka, City of Chicago.

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has announced the appointment of avery r. young as the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate.

The move marks the city’s commitment to promoting the literary and creative communities and to providing opportunities for artistic expression and engagement.

As Chicago Poet Laureate, young will work to promote poetry and its value to the community, encourage the development of new literary works and programming, and provide mentorship and support to emerging poets.

The announcement was made in partnership with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the Poetry Foundation, all of which are dedicated to promoting literary and creative expression in the city. This historic appointment is a milestone for the literary community in Chicago and beyond.

To celebrate young’s appointment, their first public appearance as Chicago Poet Laureate took place at the Harold Washington Library Center on April 29, 2023, during the Chicago Public Library’s annual National Poetry Month celebration, Poetry Fest. Attendees had the opportunity to hear young’s work and gain insight into their vision for the role of poetry in the city.


Chicago Mayor Initiates Sweeping Changes To Enhance Public Safety

CHICAGO—Mayor Brandon Johnson unveiled a comprehensive public safety and engagement plan on Thursday, announcing a major financial investment of $2.5 million in violence prevention efforts. The funding will be provided by the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities’ 8th annual Chicago Fund, a public-private partnership. The investment aims to support violence prevention and youth outreach…

Balkan Voice Illuminates The Immigrant Experience

The Sunday sun shines brightly over the city, as the allure of immigrant stories beckons us. In the realm of the Balkan Voice, we gather around to celebrate the triumphs and tenacity of extraordinary Americans hailing from Serbian descent. Our Culture Editor Milos Rastovic has woven together a mesmerizing tale of the great inventor, Mihaljo…

From Immigrant To Inventor: Mihajlo Pupin In His Own Words

In the annals of scientific history, there are few individuals who have defied the odds and left a lasting legacy as profound as Mihajlo I. Pupin. With an astonishing tally of 34 patents to his name, Pupin’s multifaceted persona encompassed the roles of scientist, professor, writer, diplomat, humanist, and patriot. In the year 1874, a…

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *