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Napa’s First Teen Poet Laureate Makes NVUSD Proud!
Posted 1/18/22

As the great American poet Robert Frost was once quoted, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.”


With this beautiful description of the art of poetry in mind, we congratulate NVUSD student Joseph (Joey) DeNatale who was selected as Napa County’s first-ever youth poet laureate. He was publicly recognized on January 4th at the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting. 


“It’s a great honor to be named poet laureate,” said Joey, and then recited “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Frost, whose work Joey said was a “huge creative inspiration and a big factor in my interest in poetry.”


Joey was introduced by Anthony Halstead, Director of Library Services & Community Outreach.


“By selecting the county’s first youth poet laureate, we recognize the unique value that a teen voice can bring to the community,” said Halstead. “Joey will be an ambassador of poetry and strive to heighten the appreciation of this art form.”


Joey, a student at Vintage High School, was selected by a panel of community members, poets and librarians. His year-long appointment will include attending local engagements and cultural events.


Said Halstead, "One of the exciting things about a youth poet laureate is that the exuberance of youth can be brought to this art, and allow us to learn from one another, and the poet inside each of us.”


Congratulations, Joey!  We look forward to being inspired by your words and talent throughout the year.


Napa County Youth Poet Laureate, Joey Denatale