Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson is pushing the boundaries of poetry and spoken word, offering a soul-searching insight about the human existence, love, dreams, challenges, and triumph.   

Appointed the 2017 and 2018 NYS Dutchess County Poet Laureate, she is the recipient of numerous awards, which include the 2016 Dutchess County Executive’s Artivist Award and the Dutchess County Athena Award honoree.   

Poet Gold’s latest creation and collaboration “Say Their Names” was chosen to be the opening film and performance for Questlove’s Oscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) as part of NYC SummerStage presented by Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and New York City Parks.   

Presently she is the co-host for the iHeart Radio show and podcast “Finding Out with Pete and The Poet Gold.” Poet Gold’s distinct voice and poetry can be heard in the American Heart Association NYC 2022 “Go Red for Women” campaign.