Parnassus Books welcomes Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, and guests for a special poetry reading.
Lagnajita will read from her book This is Our War. Proceeds from the sale of This is Our War will benefit Southern Word.
The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Office of the Mayor, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Southern Word, and Urban Word. The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and tolerance, and youth voice across Nashville.
Southern Word facilitates the selection process which culminates at the State of the Word at Vanderbilt University in December. This drafts off the writer residency work Southern Word is doing in almost every Nashville High School. Southern Word also provides poet mentorship and coordination for the Youth Poet Laureate’s appearances.