Top 24 Under 24: Angelica Poversky, The Poet

Published in 24 Hours Vancouver | October 28, 2013 | Circulation: 280,000+

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As Top 24 Under 24’s youngest nominee, Angelica Poversky embodies the youthful enthusiasm and curiosity which most older nominees cite as a key ingredient.

The 15-year-old is a BC Hydro “green ambassador,” raising awareness about energy conservation. Her biggest passion, however, is poetry.

While learning about about social problems as a teenager, Poversky became determined to use her writing gift to address them.

“It sucks to hear all this stuff going on that’s so negative,” she said. “I decided I should try to make a change.

“I want to bring something to the world I feel is lacking … We’re so close to having a revolution to change the way that we are. I try to do that with my poetry. I have lots to say!”

Reached after performing in east Vancouver last week, Poversky said her poet father taught her how words can sound beautiful together. Last year, she discovered spoken word poetry and has since performed in numerous competitions.

“I love to talk about things that are important to me – bullying, trying to get people to open their minds, the environment,” she said. “Most of my poems are themed around coming together.”

So what inspires her?

“All these problems have the potential to be resolved,” she noted. “Poetry lets you release emotions and create something beautiful that other people can look at and apply to themselves. That can really help change the world.”

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