Oakland Voices Alumna Ayodele Nzinga is City’s First Poet Laureate

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Ayodele Nzinga.

The City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division announced today our first poet laureate: Ayodele Nzinga. Ayodele was a part of the 2019-2020 Oakland Voices cohort. She is a playwright, poet, and community advocate.

She will be the Town’s poet laureate for two years, and will be giving an inaugural address. In addition, she will “partner with the Oakland Public Library’s Oakland Youth Poet Laureate on a collaborative reading series,” according to the city’s announcement.

Congratulations, Ayodele!

About Momo Chang

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Alumni Coordinator. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). View all posts by Momo Chang →

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