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In ninth grade, the Get Lit program came to my school. Students choose a classic poem, write a response and compete with their response in an annual poetry slam. My poem was ‘A Smile to Remember’ by Charles Bukowski — and my response was about how much I hated getting catcalled walking home from school. I scored straight 10s in the classic slam, so they recruited me to represent Los Angeles for Brave New Voices, an international spoken word competition for teenagers. Things definitely went crazy from there.
Growing up, my mom and I weren’t able to go on a lot of family vacations, but last year, I was asked to perform at the Women in the World Summit in New York. New York is where my mom grew up, and it’s her favorite city in America. I was able to take my mom there for a week because of my poetry.
Next year, I’m going to be an English major at UCLA with a minor in developmental psychology. This is my secret dream: I want to produce a children’s show or a children’s book series about Shakespeare and classical literature.” #NationalPoetryMonth