Meet the Inaugural Trinidad & Tobago Youth Poet Laureate (2023)
MISHAEL HENRY earned this prestigious title by winning the 2022 edition of ROOTS Poetry Slam “I Have Something to Say!” He has been a spoken word performer since 2018 and a Junior Core Artist (2022) attached to The 2Cents Movement.
This youth prodigy is a First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finalist (2023), winner of the En ToTo Keys to Success Positivity Competition (2019) and Raise The Bar Champion (2019) slam team captain. Mishael particularizes his poetry based on gender-based violence and governmental issues in society. He sees himself creating rapid innovation in the lives of youths in the nation by inspiring them to use spoken word poetry for change. Mishael epitomizes the spirit of the Youth Poet Laureate as his poetry “champions, centers, and elevates young marginalized voices at the intersection of the literary arts and civic engagement.” He participated in the “Her Story, Our Story” campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the “I am Here: Borders of Hope” campaign to raise awareness about migrant issues, and the “Pan to the Poet” three-part video series featuring three pairs of poets highlighting topics related to interactions and relationships between Venezuelan migrants and locals through spoken word poetry.
In his spare time Mishael is a co-facilitator for the “We Write” spoken word workshops, spoken word coach and judge, and creatively hosts Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Prep Workshops and SEA Graduations alongside his mentor, Derron Sandy – Performance Poet