Poet Laureate City of Urbana title with collage of two students writing

Urbana Poet Laureate Celebration

This year, the 2024 Poet Laureate is none other than one of our Black Joy Project curators, Ruby Mendenhall, and the Spurlock Museum is proud to host a poetry-writing workshop in her honor. Learn what inspires Ruby to express herself creatively and hear from her mentors. Then, discover what inspires you!

Workshop attendees will enjoy:

  • Hearing from Ruby and some very special guests
  • Poetry readings, spoken word, music, and art
  • Snacks
  • A poetry-writing workshop for those aspiring to enter next year!

The City of Urbana Poet Laureate program (external link) launched in 2019 to “recognize a resident poet who honors and serves our diverse community and elevates the importance of the creative writing art form.”

The program includes a youth component starting at age 12: teachers and parents, do you have a child just dying to express themselves? This may be THE event for them!

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Illinois Arts Council logo in black and white

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For further information on this event, contact the Museum Information Desk at or (217) 333-2360

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.