Anna Bayuk Named 2020 South Florida Youth Poet Laureate - Honored with Book Release Party - Jason Taylor Foundation





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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –The Jason Taylor Foundation will celebrate Anna Bayuk, the 2020 South Florida Youth Poet Laureate (SFYPL) with a virtual book release event this evening, July 1, at 5:00 PM. Bayuk, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will be releasing her eBook of original poems, Venus of the Swamp, during the event, which will be accessible via Zoom.


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The South Florida Youth Poet Laureate competition is a collaboration between the Jason Taylor Foundation’s Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, and Urban Word, a New York-based literary arts education and youth development organization. Anna is now the fifth ever winner of the South Florida award.

An esteemed panel of educators, authors, poets and community professionals meticulously read through the largest submission pool since the inception of the South Florida Youth Poet Laureate program that included a portfolio of poetry and each student’s résumé. At the end of the process, one Youth Poet Laureate and two Youth Poet Ambassadors were selected. The Ambassadors are Daniel Ardila, a senior at Coral Springs High School, and Julia Safrin, a senior at Cooper City High School, both of whom will also be participating tonight.

As Youth Poet Laureate, Anna will work with the Jason Taylor Foundation and Urban Word to help foster community and social awareness through her poetry.

Those interested in attending the virtual book release event may obtain the Zoom link by contacting the Jason Taylor Foundation at or through a direct message at @bluapplepoetry. Venus of the Swamp may be purchased in eBook format HERE.

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About the Jason Taylor Foundation

In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit the organization’s website at visit the organization’s website at or follow on social media sites including Facebook or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99.