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avery r. young named Chicago’s first Poet Laureate

<i>City of Chicago/WBBM</i><br/>An award-winning local poet has an impressive new title from the city. avery r. young has been named Chicago's first ever Poet Laureate.
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An award-winning local poet has an impressive new title from the city. avery r. young has been named Chicago's first ever Poet Laureate.

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    CHICAGO (WBBM) — An award-winning local poet has an impressive new title from the city.

avery r. young has been named Chicago’s first ever Poet Laureate.

He’ll serve a two-year term and will receive $50,000 to write new poetry and create new programs for the city, like engaging with students.

young is a performer and teacher. The city said he’s mentored a generation of young artists.

His first official appearance will be this weekend at the Harold Washington Library to celebrate National Poetry Month.

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