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Newsday newsday.com 11 Jan, 2022 11:15 am

Only the young who have a penchant for poetry need apply for this new Suffolk role

"Leaving it to you to prove and define it, Expecting the main things from you." So says Walt Whitman in the last line of his poem "Poets to Come," and so does Suffolk County as it seeks to name its fi

" So says Walt Whitman in the last line of his poem "Poets to Come," and so does Suffolk County as it seeks to name its first Teen Poet Laureate."We’re quite excited to present this contest," said Richard Bronson, the current Suffolk County Poet Laureate who was appointed in June.In June, the Suffolk County Legislature approved a non-funded position for an inaugural two-year term that will begin on June 1.Eligible candidates must be students aged 13-19 years old and reside in Suffolk County.

While in office, the role of the Teen Poet Laureate will be to create opportunities to promote and bring poetry by and for young residents of Suffolk County into the community as a positive force and encourage others to reach their potential, according to county documents.Cynthia Shor, executive director of the association, said 44 Suffolk County school districts were sent notification of the Suffolk Teen Poet Laureate position.

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