All Pittsburghers are Poets

Poet Laureate Program

City of Asylum is awarding Poets Laureate in four categories. This program is part of our project, All Pittsburghers are Poets, that highlights the significance of poetry and advances our mission to defend, celebrate, and build on creative freedom of expression.

The judging process has concluded for the titles below. Winners and finalists will be announced in June 2020.

  • City of Asylum Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
  • Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
  • Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
  • American Sign Language Poet Laureate of Allegheny County

U.S. Poet Laureates Natasha Tretheway, Tracy K. Smith, and Joy Harjo have read at City of Asylum.


90.5 WESA, “City of Asylum Launches Poet Laureate Program
NEXTPittsburgh, “All Pittsburghers are Poets: City of Asylum creates Poet Laureate posts, open to all Allegheny County residents

If you have any questions about this program, please contact poetlaureate@cityofasylum.org.

City of Asylum is grateful for support from the following partners:

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).
Urban Word is the primary partner for the Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County, an official member of National Youth Poet Laureate Program, led by Urban Word.

Newsletter Signup