Metro students are finalists to be named Nashville's Youth Poet Laureate

922537_143524892498323_1244711470_oThree Metro Schools students have been chosen as Nashville Youth Poet Laureates by Southern Word.

Lemuel Robertson, East High School

Cassidy Martin, Big Picture High School

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet

The three will perform at the State of the Word on Saturday, December 6 at 7pm at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music to determine who will represent Nashville as its first Youth Poet Laureate. Tickets for the event are available at

“For anyone who hasn’t heard spoken word, I can’t describe it in one word. It’s an immersive experience,”explained 16-year-old finalist Lemuel Robertson about the upcoming State of the Word event. “The only thing I can tell you is, ‘Get ready. It WILL HIT YOU.’"

Nashville joins a growing number of counties and cities in the National Youth Poet Laureate network, which has gained momentum in the last few years. The National Youth Poet Laureate program was started in New York City in 2008 by Southern Word affiliate, Urban Word who continues to spearhead the initiative. Currently there are Youth Poet Laureates in 5 cities nationally, with developing programs in an additional 12 cities across the U.S. and internationally.