University of Baltimore sophomore Derick Ebert told the Afro-American that he only started writing poetry seriously a year ago. But that can’t be true; he’s just been crowned Baltimore’s first youth poet laureate after winning a competition organized by Dew More Baltimore.
In an interview with the Afro, Ebert talks about using his poetry to challenge assumptions about masculinity, the effect James Baldwin has on his writing, and the importance of a strong ending.
As part of his laureateship, Ebert will have a book of his poems published later this year.
Here’s Ebert performing his poem “Black” in 2014:
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