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Talking with Philly's first youth poet laureate

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Posted: January 18, 2013>

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Kirkland Alexander Lynch

  • Graduating Class:
    • Started in 5th grade and graduated from the high school in ’04.
  • Current City:
    • New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts

Where he went to college and post grad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Majored in Health Policy and Administration. Class of ’08. Then attended University of Southern California in Accounting: Masters, ’09. Now attends Harvard Law School: JD expected in ’14. 

Professional life: Kirkland was a financial auditor/CPA with Deloitte & Touche in Los Angeles for two years; then, he says, "I realized that corporate law was more my style." When Masterman touched base with him, he was working as a summer associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Says about Masterman: What I remember most is the students—they came from every part of the city, ever ethnicity, every socioeconomic background.

My favorite teacher was Ms. Gray, in 5th grade.  She believed in and encouraged me when I did not even believe in myself. Ms. Gray could have easily let me fail, but she knew I was smarter than I was portraying, and she supported me until I got my act together.

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