It has always been my dream to surround myself with like-minded women as well as participate in their struggles. I have been inspired by my mother and grandmothers to engage in women’s issues. Additionally, my own personal experiences and those I read about in novels and pieces of poetry gave me the courage to be a feminist.
Though many of my poems may seem like they are just about a broken hearted woman, they also involve the understanding and fight for love, especially for women because we have experienced so much lovelessness. Bell Hooks declared that “love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust,” and I believe this with all of my heart. My fight for women involves that gaining of love from others as well as the ability to love ourselves, and I do so through my poetry.
I began attending Ohio University in 2006 for undergrad and graduated with a BA in English-Creative Writing in 2010. During undergrad, I spent a lot of my time volunteering for various organizations, running the Eta Psi chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, and working for Ohio University’s Upward Bound program (Proud alumna!!). Because I love OU so much, I decided to come back for another two years to obtain a Masters in Cultural Studies. I’m proud to say that I am the Graduate Assistant for the Women’s Center Survivor Advocacy Program. It brings me so much joy to be apart of such a beautiful program!!
In general, I spend the majority of my time writing poetry, writing my thesis on the disclosure of lovelessness through poetry/spoken word by African American women, reading, trying to find jeans that fit, and having awkward conversations with my ex-boyfriend. 😉