The Poet’s List: Zora Howard



Hometown: Harlem, NY

Quote: “Committed to the uplift of those people 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.” — Zora Howard

One Accolade: She was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 Amazing Women of the Year

Zora Howard is a Harlem raised writer and actress.  Learning the balance of writing for personal expression and performing for a theatre audience, she discovered the world of performance poetry at the age of thirteen. Through this vehicle, she has been able to perform her work at venues such as The World Famous Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Her collaboration with filmmaker Lisa Russell on the short film “Biracial Hair”, based on her original poem of the same title, won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity in 2009. Also in 2009, she was named the inaugural NYC Youth Poet Laureate by the Office of the Mayor. During her term, Zora published her first collection of poems, CLUTCH with Penmanship Books. In recognition of both her academic and artistic accomplishments, she was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 Amazing Women of the Year. Zora is now in her final year at Yale University where she is a double major in Comparative Literature and American Studies.

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