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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That’s because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston’s first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]

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For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That's because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston's first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) at the Writers in the Schools gala.

Forty-five teens applied for the position. Requirements included submitting five original poems, a resume and a letter of intent.

News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop sat down with the teenage writer to talk about his vision for the role and what it was like when he got the big news.

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HSPVA Senior Is Houston's First Youth Poet Laureate (News 88.7, Nov. 13, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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