Philip Hasouris was appointed Brockton’s first Poet Laureate on August 28, 2021. Philip Hasouris has been involved in the Brockton poetry and art community for over thirty years. He is the author of three poetry collections, has been a featured poet sharing his words at many local and national venues, and represented Brockton at the National Poetry Slam competition in Austin Texas. In 2010 he received the Mike Amado Spoken Word Warrior Award. Philip has created events showcasing our cultural and diverse community. Poetry coordinator Brockton Library Poetry Series 2004 – 09 Poetry coordinator Brockton Library Poetry Series “Everyone Has a Voice 2017 - “Voices of Diversity, Voices of America”. Soar without Limits, Heal through the Arts”. Educators Showcase. Voices of Veterans, to name a few.
Philip is committed to the restorative power of the arts; he is a facilitator of expressive healing workshops throughout the state for groups coping with medical crises and bereavement. Philip has expanded the workshops to include our youth, recognizing bullying and peer pressure and its effects on the stresses of everyday life, creating a non-judgment safe environment.
Youth Poet Laureate
Hannah Baptiste is a Haitian-American spoken word poet and aspiring author residing in Brockton, MA. Her work has been published by WBUR. She won a Regional Gold Key in the 2021-2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has competed nationally in the NAACP ACT-SO program. She is a second-year student at Boston University majoring in English Literature. She is currently serving as the Brockton Youth Poet Laureate. She hopes to inspire the next generation of writers.