04: Azura Tyabji

As Seattle’s fourth youth poet laureate, Azura Tyabji is working on publishing a book—and as an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, it’s an entirely new experience. Even so, she’s made a name for herself in the city’s poetry landscape by performing spoken word pieces that are deeply rooted in Seattle’s changing culture and what that means alongside her own understanding of personal identity. For this episode, Azura chatted about her experience at an experimental high school, the reputation of spoken word among poets, and why it’s important to have a youth-specific poet laureate in the first place.  

Sean Redmond