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Poet King Thomas Moore, aged 10, makes history as youngest recipient of top award. Will use $15,000 cash prize to help children write and perform poetry

HISTORY: 10-year-old poet, King Thomas Moore

SCHOOLBOY POET King Thomas Moore has made history as the youngest recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Award in 2016.

The 10-year-old will also receive a cash award up to $15,000, which will help King launch his dream of a Super Cool Poetry Open Mic Series for children ages twelve and under to help them learn to write and perform poetry.

The son of the internationally-acclaimed poet, jessica Care moore, King was inspired to start his open mic series after he attended many of his mother’s events.

After his first performance at a jazz café, he noticed a significant void in the crowd – there weren’t any kids in the audience and that all open mics he had attended over the years were for adults.

His mother jessica says she’s “very proud’ of her son as he seeks to empower his peers.

“It’s about empowering him to empower his peers. I am very proud of this youth advocacy work he is doing at such a young age.”


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