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.