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Spirit Guide: The City of Knoxville's first Youth Poet Laureate says hardship is a privilege

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Melody Dalili, the City of Knoxville's first Youth Poet Laureate

The Urban Word NYC organization started the National Youth Poet Laureate program in 2016. Earlier this year, the City of Knoxville announced its first Youth Poet Laureate in that program: Melody Dalili is a rising senior at Farragut High School and has been writing poetry since the third grade. Dalili and the City’s current Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.