Warsan Shire Named London’s First Young Poet Laureate
London’s first ever “young poet laureate” is Warsan Shire, a twenty-four-year-old “Kenyan-born Somali poet” from northwest London.
What distinguishes a young poet laureate from a regular one? In addition to being a gifted writer, a young poet laureate has a Twitter, a Tumblr, and a Bandcamp with recordings of her reading her work.
Shire, who wrote a book of poetry called Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, “will begin with a residency at the Houses of Parliament.”