2024-25 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

The Board of Supervisors for the County of Santa Clara appointed San José resident Yosimar Reyes to the honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate for a two-year term ending December 31, 2025. In this role, Reyes will help promote the art of poetry at local community events, including during National Poetry Month, represent the County of Santa Clara through outreach related to poetry, and act as a resource for the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD). 

Reyes grew up in east San José and draws inspiration in his work from his personal experiences as an immigrant from Guererro, Mexico, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. He is a former Lambda Literary Fellow and Undocupoets Fellow who has toured across the country delivering keynote addresses, writing workshops, and performing his one-man show, Prieto, a coming-of-age story about migration, sexuality, and socio-economic struggle. He is the eighth Poet Laureate to be appointed by the County of Santa Clara, following Nils Peterson (2009-11), Sally Ashton (2011-13), David Perez (2014-2015), Arlene Biala (2016-17), Mike McGee (2018-19), Janice Lobo Sapigao (2020-21), and Tshaka Campbell (2022-23).

SVCREATES manages the Poet Laureate program in collaboration with the SCCLD and Poetry Center San José.

Reyes was featured in Content Magazine's Issue 15.4 "Profiles." Learn more about the Poet Laureate program and Reyes here.