One Youth Poet Laureate. Nine Ambassadors. Ten youth poets who are paving the way to the future.
Here are scenes from last years event - We can't wait until we can all meet again in person!!
SAINEY CEESAY - THE 2021 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY YOUTH POET LAUREATE
YPL PROGRAMS ARE SPROUTING EVERYWHERE! In his new role as Poetry Director for Words Beats & Life, Patrick Washington is helping to craft new Laureates for other areas outside of Prince George's County. Let's welcome these new young leaders!
The Inaugural Montgomery County, Maryland
Youth Poet Laureate
Salihah "Sasa" Aakil
SISTAH JOY ALFORD & the PG County Office of the Poet Laureate presents a weekend event -THE FESTIVAL OF LITERARY ARTS, or F.O.L.A. from Friday April 16th thru Sunday April 18th. This will feature guest poets from Prince George's Community College, YPL's past & present, guest musicians, senators, and a special teen poetry workshop with THE Maryland State Poet Laureate, GRACE CAVALERI on April 17th at 1pm DETAILS & REGISTRATION at www.pgahc.org
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO OUR NEW YOUTH POET AMBASSADORS
ARIANNA JOY BOSLEY - Upper Marlboro
DEJA EPPS - Upper Marlboro
JORDAN CULMER - District Heights
SAINEY CEESAY - Greenbelt
SHEMAR COOKE - Riverdale
JORRIN ELLISON - Clinton
DEAUN COLEMAN - Hyattsville
NOW THE WORK BEGINS as our YPL & Ambassadors begin traveling the county sharing the stage with county officials at festivals, town hall meetings and other community events in need of a youth perspective. This is the first step to a professional career as a writer & public speaker - any organizations interested in booking any of our youth poets for any functions, please contact Patrick Washington at 301 237 6684 or Neville Adams at 240 426 2629
(from left to right)
Marissa Michel (2020) Mi'Jan Credle (2019) Michaela Lacy (2018) Samantha Jackson (2017) and Dominique Holder (2016)
DIALECT USA, LLC recognizes and celebrates the importance of the spoken, the written and the rhythmic word no matter where it originates. We realize that even though our inflections & use of language may change between age, race, gender and cultural lines, it is the sound of our VOICES that when properly harnessed, can become the most powerful tool known to humanity through shared experiences, affirmations of love, pleas for peace and declarations of being.
DIALECT OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD provides artists with the space for expression and the skills for growth as practitioners of the stage arts. We understand that for many, a simple opportunity is the much needed bridge that can lead to success, and so we provide not only basic training in these areas, but we partner with additional County organizations in creating avenues & windows that will assist in cultivating full-fledged careers in the arts for both youth and for young adults.
SAINEY CEESAY, OUR 2021 YPL, has hit the ground running already - lending her voice for multiple virtual events & speaking engagements. She has performed for the Maryland Black Mayors Association & County Executive Alsobrooks' yearly Women's History Month Luncheon. She's even been in the recording studio working on a spoken word album. Is there anything she CAN'T do??
Sainey Ceesay is the 2021 Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate and a student at Prince George's Community College where she has an arts concentration and is recipient of the Dual to Degree Scholarship. She is Alumni of Eleanor Roosevelt High School's class of 2020, And Joe's Movement Emporium’s Creative Works Class of 2020. She has performed for Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian and has been featured in several virtual slams and open mics during COVID.
Sainey was also a 2020 Youth Poet Ambassador representing Greenbelt, MD and the Winner of the 2020 Words Beats and Life slam season, becoming a part of their DMV slam team. Not only a published poet, Sainey also has interest in sewing and photography, and works with the media collective known as “The Media Buru”. Recently she has been working with Prince George's Mutual Aid as a way to help better her community.
SAINEY IN ACTION!
FIND YOUR VOICE AND
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POETS, EMCEES & CREATIVE WRITERS AGES 13 TO 19, here is your springboard to launching a career in creative writing, performance poetry & community activism! We are searching for youth leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement & promoting change through the arts. We also partner with various county entities & non profits to create opportunities for our young artists. for more info, Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE IS SAINEY'S Inaugural interview as Poet Laureate - Many Thanks to the brother CHRISTOPH JENKINS and THE POET LIFE PODCAST
ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11TH, our Dialect crew partnered with radio WKYS, the PG County Office of Community Relations and PG Xtreme Teens to present the "No Excuse for Dating Abuse" poetry show & teen summit which was streamed live on Facebook & Youtube. Hosted by WKYS personalityDeja Perez & our very ownProject MC, This was a teen-run event discussing self love & knowing the signs of relationship abuse.
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!
The Inaugural Arlington County, Virginia
Youth Poet Laureate
WE ARE INTERNATIONAL! Here, our 2019 & 2021 Prince George's Laureates are interviewed by BBC News about The Amanda Gorman Effect