My love for writing began as early as 12 years old, when I wrote my first poem about the natural soundscape outside my childhood home, which was populated by morning songbirds and the nightly owl. I fondly remember that indelible experience of feeling the rush of creation as a poem brewed inside my head for the first time. In high school, I competed and earned awards with my poetry and photography in the NAACP's Act-So competition. At age 16, I self-published a book of my poetry and photography entitled, "Capture & Release: A Poet's Pause at Sixteen." Since then, I have written hundreds of poems and have recently begun working as a freelance writer. My need to communicate with words has proven to be especially useful from within a generation that is clamoring to be heard and a culture and gender that demands to be respectfully recognized. My pieces comment on a range of topics, from the lightness of music and popular culture to the heaviness of today's social issues and current events. Below is a list of links to some of my favorite published pieces.