17th Annual Young Poets Awards Ceremonies

Join us to celebrate this year’s Young Poets winners! This year, there will be three virtual ceremonies, each featuring a specific age group:

Grades K-5 Ceremony: April 20, 6 PM (Watch here)

Featuring: Kenn Nesbitt, Award-winning poet and US Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-2015)


Grades 6-8 Ceremony: April 21, 6 PM (Watch here)

Featuring: Madison Ganzak, Roosevelt High School (Wyandotte, MI), 2021 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion


Grades 9-12 Ceremony: April 22, 6 PM

Featuring: Nikki Giovanni, Award-winning poet, NAACP Image Awardee and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.


You can watch these events on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Each ceremony will premiere on the date and time listed above, and will also be available for later viewing if you are unable to attend.

“Poets Among Us,” Jackson District Library Young Poets Contest 2021

Have you imagined riding on a space ship? Or building a snowman that reaches the sky! These themes and many more are what you can write about for the 17th Annual Young Poets Contest!

If you are a K-12 student in Jackson County, JDL invites you to submit one (1) original poem by March 1, 2021.

For contest guidelines, the entry form, and resources that you can use to spark your imagination, visit the Young Poets page.