Amanda Gorman and other young poets on the rise

Inspired by the warm rhetoric and assured stage presence of US Presidential Inauguration poet, 22-year old Amanda Gorman, Jade Cuttle writing in The Times has drawn up a new reading list of talented poets aged 22 or under, many of whom have emerged through The Poetry Society’s talent development schemes. Jade Cuttle herself is a former winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

In the article in The Times, some rising star poets to watch are:

·         Alexa Stevens – from Australia, recently published on Young Poets Network. Read work by Alexa here

·         Cia Mangat – winner of a Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, and recently featured on Cerys Matthews’s new album. Read work by Cia here

·         Ife Olatona – from Lagos, Nigeria. Highly commended in the Ledbury Festival poetry competition, and another Foyle Young Poet. Read work by Ife here

·         Kara Jackson – A former US youth poet laureate, whose poetry is ‘a battle cry to inspire a better world’ Read work by Kara here

·         Magnus Dixon – a sailor from an Aberdeenshire fishing village, and another winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Read work by Magnus here

The Poetry Society’s annual Foyle Young Poets of The Year Award launches each March and is open to poets aged 11-17, and the re are regular features and challenges on the Young Poets Network for all poets worldwide aged 25 or under.

Read the article about Amanda Gorman on Young Poets Network

24 January 2021