Poet & Vocals Su Ertekin-Taner
Su Ertekin-Taner is a 17-year-old writer, journalist, and student at The Bolles School. She comes from a Turkish family and echoes her identity in her writing. She began poetry at the age of thirteen. Now she is an aspiring writer and English teacher.
Su started her pre-career as a writer with local poetry contests. In time, she was able to share her poetry with the public through winning/published poems in the Jax Poetry Contest, Route 7 Review, Lunch Ticket, and Up North Lit.
She has also received multiple awards from the collective Florida Times Union, Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, and the Florida Scholastic Press Association for her poetry, prose, and journalism.
Through her poetry, she invokes themes of women’s bodies, sexuality, identity, and nature. She is currently interning at Women Writing for (a) Change and writing in her free time. She hopes to use her experiences in the publishing world to impact and raise the voices of women and bring a sense of unity to herself, her coworkers, and clients.
Artist Laura Dill
Laura is an emerging Visual Artist, Poet and Writer working in acrylics, mixed media, photography, poetry and essays. On these unimagined paths, she has found courage and seeks to challenge, heal, and transform through brush, pen, and lens.
Her journey began with painting and participating in local Art Walks in 2019 to overcome anxiety and PTSD. She quickly became recognized as a talented artist and in 2020, had her first Solo Art Exhibition in Players by the Sea’s Gallery and two paintings in the FemArt Gallery International Virtual Art Exhibition “Where the Wild Women Go”.
During the Pandemic, she began exploring poetry and is a member of North Florida Poetry Hub, Florida State Poets Association and Ancient City Poets where she participated in her first Open Mic. Both her artwork and poetry for the 2020 international project 100,000 Poets for Change are part of the Stanford University Permanent Archives and she will be participating again in 2021. Laura’s poetry was part of the public displays for National Poetry Month in Downtown Jacksonville in Spring 2021.
Laura’s art and poetry are published in Women Writing for (a) Change Anthologies (a) river rising: Vol. II, (2020), and Vol. III, (2021) and both her art and poetry will be showing in their Rivers, A Journey Beneath the Surface Art Exhibition running Fall 2021. Laura also is collaborating as both a Poet and Artist in 2021 Fall Arts ~ PAM Jam JAX.