The Ventura County Arts Council is pleased to announce its selection of Angelina Leaños as the county’s 2020/2021 Youth Poet Laureate; she will serve for one year as official poet and ambassador to the community for poetry. Ms. Leaños will be inaugurated during the beginning of 2021. More info to come.
Angelina Leaños is an AmeriCorps Fellow at California Lutheran University and the youngest poet in California Poets in the Schools' history (established in 1964) to be invited onto the Board of Directors. Angelina has created platforms for others poets by organizing a monthly online poetry open mic with the Ventura County Arts Council in partnership with the Oxnard public library system. She also hosts a quarterly statewide online reading and open mic. In high school, Angelina won the Poetry Out Loud competition at both school and county levels, and has since returned as a recitation coach for Ventura County. Angelina has been widely published. “I’ll Take This Word and Make it Mine," was included in and selected as the title for the 2018-2019 California Poets in the Schools statewide anthology. Angelina Leaños is the 2020-2021 Ventura County Youth Poet Laureate.