Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center launches 2022 prize awarding $10,000 in competitions and scholarships to young poets of color


VENICE, Calif. /California Newswire/ – Beyond Baroque, one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers, announced that the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize is now actively accepting nominations. The award, created in honor of Beyond Baroque alumnus and U.S. presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, will accept nominations through May 1, 2022.

“We are very excited to begin receiving submissions from young poets of color and to have the opportunity to foster their growth as artists,” said the nonprofit’s executive director, Quentin Ring. .

“The Amanda Gorman Poetry Prize is an important opportunity for young poets of color to be recognized for their poetic talent,” added Shonda Buchanan, Chair of Beyond Baroque’s Board of Directors. “We hope it inspires them to follow Amanda’s lead in creating a legacy in which poetry and social justice work combine to infuse America with richer human agency.”

The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize will award scholarships to student poets of color. As a feature of the fund’s early days, there is a poetry contest for students in grades 9, 10, and 11, the same age at which Gorman began his development as a poet in the Beyond Baroque Student Poets program. A total of $10,000 in scholarships and competitions will be awarded in 2022.

The award continues Beyond Baroque’s long history of nurturing some of Los Angeles’ most prominent poets, including Wanda Coleman, Amy Gerstler and Amanda Gorman herself. Gorman describes Beyond Baroque as the place “where a young poet found the love of her life” and shared her story with Beyond Baroque in the recent ABC 20/20 special Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough with Robin Roberts.

The Future Voices Poetry Fellowship is open to all currently enrolled poets in grades 9-12 in California who identify as Black, Indigenous, or of color. College-bound 12th graders can apply for a scholarship, and 9th, 10th, and 11th graders can enter the poetry contest. Winners will be announced by July 1, 2022.

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is one of the nation’s most successful and influential grassroots literary arts incubators. Founded in 1968 and housed in the original Venice City Hall building in Venice, California, it is a non-profit public space dedicated to cultivating new writing and expanding knowledge public about poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interactions. The Center offers a wide variety of literary and artistic programs, including readings, workshops, art exhibits and education. Over five decades, Beyond Baroque has provided crucial support to a series of founding writers, artists and musicians, including Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Mike Kelley, Viggo Morternsen, Will Alexander and Amanda Gorman. . Today, the Center continues to provide a vital cultural forum through its free workshops, reading series and general programming.


Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in US history, as well as an award-winning writer and a cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied sociology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is the author of “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 2021), the poetry collection “Call Us What We Carry” (Viking , December 2021) and “The one for whom food is not enough” (Penmanship Books, 2015). In 2017, Gorman was named the United States’ first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate after being Los Angeles’ first Youth Poet Laureate. She is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth, and serves the Write Change program in her role as the International Changemaker for Estee Lauder.

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