Performed by Val Cole
Get to know the winning poet:
What is the theme of your poem?
The theme of this poem is Coming of Age. It includes aspects of childhood, and the mental and physical acceptance of becoming an adult.
What motivated you to write this poem?
I wrote this poem the last week of high school. I was inspired because I had attended the same school for thirteen years of my life and was now moving into a world very unknown to me, and very outside my social and academic bubble. I wanted to write a piece that many other young adults could relate to, and I read it in front of my entire school on the last day.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have always been writing, ever since six or seven years old. I’ve been making movies and writing silly poems all my childhood but it wasn’t until Sophomore and Junior years of high school that I became more serious about it. I took a Creative Writing course that opened up a whole new level of poetry skills for me. Since then, I have been writing poetry for my own pleasure.
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
I would have dinner with Sylvia Plath!
What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I see my poem relating to many people and would love for it to reach many more through this poetry submission.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I write short stories, scripts, and poems.
What is your passion in life?
My passion is to give my best to all aspects of my life. I have multiple passions in my life, writing being one of them. Yet, I would say my ability to give my best version and attention to each one is most important to me.