Although I don’t (really) write it, poetry has always been a refuge of mine. And The Strivers Row is a group of spoken word artists whose pieces have gotten me through such a multitude of highs, lows, laughs and lulls. Zora Howard belongs to this group, and I have been a fan of hers since I discovered her work.
Howard is an esteemed poet, a passionate activist, a talented actress and a Yale student. Her voice transcends her youth, as if it should be ribboning from history and literature and political science textbooks written decades ago. Her technique is dazzling and confusing and compelling all at once. And painfully, truthfully beautiful. On the Strivers Row website, she describes her work:
Committed to the uplift of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated. Through word and action. My work is in praise of all of our beauty and all of our ugliness too.
Watch Zora Howard perform one of my favorite pieces, “Before Bed” below.