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Nashville youth poet laureate

Harpeth Hall sophomore Haviland Whiting is Nashville’s new youth poet laureate after winning the annual spoken word competition hosted by Southern Word and several Metro agencies, including Mayor Megan Barry's office.

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Poet Tiana Clark has been tackling uncomfortable truths for years, ever since she wrote in her diary as a child that she hated her mom (who then discovered the writing). Now, she is a nationally lauded poet from Nashville who is the author of Equilibrium, a book of poetry published in 2016. She has a forthcoming poem in The New Yorker.

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Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate visited the White House this week as one of five finalists vying for the National Youth Poet Laureate title.

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Nashville writer TJ Jarrett is, by many objective measures, a successful artist. She's won awards for her work and has published books of her poetry about history and race and family. 

But as she tells WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series and podcast Movers & Thinkers, it's not easy getting to the point where you feel like you're doing good work.