Alexandra Huynh Is Speaking On Her Own Terms

June 30, 2021

Newly appointed youth poet laureate, Alexandra Huynh, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the significance of her new role (which was previously held by the star of the 2021 inauguration, Amanda Gorman) and the motivation behind her own poetry. “The driving factor behind me putting pen to paper is knowing that no one is going to be able to get inside of my head and articulate my experiences as far as I can,” Huyhn says. “And it brings me great comfort to know that I have been spoken for on my own terms.”

Image credit: Urban Word/National Youth Poet Laureate Program

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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