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 association’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 prize 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 more about her history with Beyond Baroque in the recent ABC 20/20 Special Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough with Robin Robert. 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.
For more information and to apply, go to https://www.beyondbaroque.org/.