Kashvi Ramani, a 17-year-old from Northern Virginia and a high school junior at a private school in Massachusetts, was named the Inaugural 2023-24 Virginia Youth Poet Laureate on 29 Apr 2023. She is the co-Head of the poetry club as well as the Head of the literary magazine at her school.
In 2022, Kashvi was the Youth Poet Laureate of Arlington County Virginia, and named a YoungArts Finalist in Theater and Merit winner in Writing for Spoken Word Poetry. She has been working with the Arlington, Virginia poet laureate and a few poets as co-editor of a poetry anthology to be published in May 2023. She has been a member of the 2021-22 Virginia Young Poets in Community and the 2020-21 Split This Rock’s DC Slam Youth Poetry Team.
Since 2019, she has won several Scholastic Writing Awards for her Poetry and in other categories like Personal Essay/Memoir, Dramatic Script, Novel, and Short Story. Her poetry has been published in Rattle, the YoungArts Anthology, Brown Girl Magazine, Beat Burg, Loudoun Community Magazine, Collaborative Solutions for Communities, Poetry Society of Virginia, SEEMA, American Kahani, and AsAm News.
Kashvi draws inspiration for her poetry from topics important to her and passionate about. Poetry provides her the opportunity to express a unique perspective on the world through her diverse experiences. She hopes to continue her journey as a young female Indian-American and make a difference in her own small way.