In middle and high school I was a chubby liberal kid in a school where that was not what the cool kids were. I lost a lot of confidence in those years, going from a cheerful actress to the quiet angsty reader who skipped lunch to write poems in the library. Seeing these people performing, so confident, and seeing the audience react, made me realize that I was allowed to feel whatever I wanted.
Fast forward two more years, running the Macalester slam, competing on two more CUPSI teams, going on tour with my friend Ollie Schminkey, and now I’m on the Twin Cities United team competing at the National Poetry Slam in August.
I switched majors from Geography to English, and I’m really looking at making this my career. So I went from not knowing what a poetry slam was to professional poet in three and a half years. That escalated quickly.