The current Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez shared a poem directed toward Beckman and runner-up Jaya Montague at the announcement and got a bit choked-up.
“I hold my hands out to you…two hands giving transfusion of life. Thank you for gracing the earth with your beautiful young words…” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said she had a hard time choosing between the two young ladies for the top spot and will invite them both to work with her throughout the year. Their first job will be opening a show for Sanchez at the University of Pennsylvania in two weeks.
Check out the video below of Beckman reciting her poetry at the announcement ceremony.