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The City of Rock Hill Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate use their roles to create awareness and appreciation for poetry through community outreach, civic engagement, commemoration of the city, and the promotion of literacy across the greater Rock Hill area.


The City of Rock Hill Poet Laureate program is an initiative launched in 2018 by Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys. The program is managed by the Poet Laureate Selection Committee, made up of representatives from local arts, nonprofit, education, and community organizations.

Looking for the Next Rock Hill Youth Poet Laureate

Calling all poets, spoken word artists, emcees and writers! Win a chance to represent your city as Rock Hill’s Youth Poet Laureate! 


The Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers between the ages of 13-18 who are committed to civic and community engagement through the art of poetry. The winner will receive a stipend, mentorship and a tour to read and perform their work! The winner will be announced during the One Word Poetry Festival taking place May 30 - June 2.


Applications Open: March 25

Info session: April 8 (Register)

Submission deadline: April 14

Judging period: April 15 - May 6

Finalists notified: May 10

YPL Commencement Performance: May 30

Angelo "Eyeambic" Geter
Rock Hill Poet Laureate

Angelo "Eyeambic" Geter is a dynamic poet, spoken word artist and motivational speaker who merges his passions for poetry and speaking into a unique performance that educates, entertains, and inspires. Angelo’s work touches on a variety of issues including social justice, race, grief, character, and manhood.

He blends his pieces with commentary, stories, and personal narratives that transcend a traditional lecture or performance. 

Over the course of his career, Angelo has amassed several accolades. He is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, 2019 All-America city winner, 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, and finalist in both the Rustbelt Regional and Southern Fried Regional poetry slams. He has also performed and competed in several venues across the country. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents, and the Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-Day" series.

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Abigail McCluney
Rock Hill Youth Poet Laureate

Abigail McCluney has a major passion for the arts and adores writing and all things creative. She placed fourth in the Youth Poet Laureate competition in 2021 before trying again in 2022 and winning first place, and she was also featured in The Hilltop Tier: An Anthology of Youth and Young Adult Authors (Volume 1).

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Abbie is an "A" honor roll student at Rock Hill High School, where she maintains a 4.6 GPA. She is also a part of the color guard, which won first place all winter season in five different competitions, and was a member of the Beta Club in her ninth-grade year, achieving 10 hours and 30 minutes of charity and service time.


Abbie strives to be a young adult author and a successful young woman.

Participating Organizations

Applied Tecnology Center
Arts Council of York County
Clinton College
Early Learning Partnership of York County
Morton & Gettys Attorneys at Law
Rock Hill Schools
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Winthrop University
Women's Art Initiative
York County Library
York Technial College
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