Freshman Named City of Dallas Youth Poet Laureate

Naisha Randhar (Class of 2027) was named Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Dallas and will hold the title for one year.
She will work with the Dallas Poet Laureate to encourage youth poetry. A 9th grade student at The Hockaday School, Randhar participates in debate and Model UN, she runs track, and she volunteers as a tutor at Joe May Elementary every week. A voracious reader and writer, Randhar wrote and self-published a fantasy novel when she was twelve. 

Dallas Public Library, the Office of Arts & Culture and Deep Vellum launched the Dallas poet laureate program in June 2021 to recognize exemplary poetry and the poet’s role in sharing poetry with the greater community. The program is funded by the Friends of Dallas Public Library, Inc, the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, Office of Arts & Culture and Deep Vellum.  
Within the private school community, The Hockaday School is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls from grades PK–12 located in Dallas, Texas. Students realize their limitless potential through challenging academic curricula, arts, athletics, and extracurricular programs so that they are inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.