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Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “05092000” By Ashlyn “Lyn” Stewart

The Houston youth poet reads a poem inspired by self-acceptance.


Alinda Adam Mac
Ashlyn “Lyn” Stewart


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In this sound portrait, we meet poet Ashlyn "Lyn" Stewart. She talks about her inspirations, writing poems at 3 a.m. and winning her first poetry slam. She reads her poem, "05092000."

Born and raised in Humble, Ashlyn "Lyn" Stewart is a freshman at Prairie View A&M University. A three-time member of Meta-Four Houston, she believes in the power of poetry to move others and values artistic expression in all forms. Currently a digital media arts major, she has been passionate about art and literature for as long as she can remember and is always looking for opportunities to grow as an artist.



This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.

Music used: Interlude (excerpt), Blind Vision (excerpt) and Revient Le Jour (excerpt) by Alexandra Stréliski from Inscape

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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