Austin has a new Youth Poet Laureate. 17-year-old Brandee Benson is a senior at Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District. The Austin Public Library Foundation and the National Youth Poet Laureate Program led by Urban Word run the program to support young writers and leaders involved in their community, the arts, social justice and diversity, and education. KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talked over Zoom late last year with Benson about what first sparked her interest in poetry.
January 8, 2024