Ebelechukwu Laurin Isiekwena
Ebelechukwu Laurin Isiekwena was born in Nigeria and moved to Peterborough in 2018. She is a sociology major at Trent University.
She is a poet and spoken word artist. She appreciates poetry and uses it as a way to express herself as she gains more emotional awareness. With poetry, Laurin has been able to write down her emotions that were too difficult for her to speak about, but always deleted them because of fear that they weren’t good enough and not wanting anyone to see them. But after performing one of her poems at an event for Black students while in high school, there was total acceptance, which gave her the motivation to start writing more. She knew she had to write more after building her confidence and feeling accepted. Laurin writes with a vision of seeing people relate better on the other end. She tries not to write from her perspective alone but from those around her as well. Her writing isn’t complex because it is meant to be understood, even by the youngest of minds.
Laurin writes from a broad perspective, including people she has met and sometimes characters on television shows and movies. Writing has become a lot more than just a hobby and she hopes someday more people get to read her poems. It has really been so motivational being able to explore emotions through poetry for Laurin, and she hopes to get to the height of greater poetry. A personal goal of hers is to eventually have her poems published for the world to see.