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Teen named first Youth Poet Laureate in Prince George's Co.

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Last week, a senior at Oxon Hill High School became the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate in Prince George's County. 

Dominique Holder wrote her first poem three years ago. Now she's written more poems than she can count, and after becoming the Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate she's set to become a published author. 

"There's so much talent in Prince George's County," Holder told WUSA. "I did not expect to win - at all."

The 17-year-old had to impress seven judges and beat at least 12 other poets, according to The Prince George's County Sentinel, in order to secure the title. 

Dominique Holder reads award-winning poem

It's a big achievement, but Holder says her poetry is not about winning. It's also not insular. 

"There's no real trend with my poetry. Sometimes it's about who I am, who I perceive others to be. Sometimes it's about how I view society. Sometimes it's about how society views me," Holder said. 

Her poetry is developing, and this new title is only the beginning, but Holder says "with every poem I hope someone hears me. If one person can say, yeah I feel you. I get it. Then I achieved the goal of it."

Holder's collection of poems is set to be published by Penmanship Books in December 2016. 

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