Houston’s first ever Youth Poet Laureate

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HOUSTON, TX - "I never liked knowing that words are limitless. I always liked to pretend the stars that left particles in the air where nothing more than tombstones lost to infinity." These are the words of 18-year-old Andrew White, a senior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

He was chosen by Mayor Parker, in partnership with Writers in the Schools, to be Houston's, first-ever Youth Poet Laureate. A what? According to White, "The Youth Poet Laureate in Houston will be given the responsibilities of speaking at events in the public library, just kinda promoting, poetry, reading, and literature, within the youth community here, and just trying to get teenagers and children to start writing more poetry."

By sharing his powerful voice, leadership and love of Houston, this youth poet laureate hopes to show kids and adults, that their words can make a positive difference. White's voice will be heard throughout the city for the next year, to inspire a new generation to literally speak up. White says, "Poetry is beyond powerful. Words have the power to change lives, especially the spoken word. It can also just create a lifeline, an outlet for people like me who just love the art." And there's no doubt White's words, will continue to be the talk of the town.

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