Los Angeles based poet and songwriter Pavana Reddy didn’t really imagine that other people would be interested in what she had to say. “When I first started sharing my work online, I wasn’t very serious about it and I really just wanted an outlet for the things I was too afraid to say,” she told Isaase.
Now, years later and with more than 80k dedicated followers on Instagram, her words are inspiring others, both on and off-screen. “I’m not made of the kind of earth that buries,” reads one of her verses, “I’m made from the kind that resurrects.”
Her short, Instagramable, poetry is the kind that lingers on long after you first read it. “My poetry is very much a reflection of who I am,” says Reddy. “I started writing as a kid, simply as a way to verbalize feelings I didn’t know how to talk about – and while my writing has definitely improved since – I still write for the same reasons.”
“The greatest creators in the world are still in high school,” she adds, “we should be learning from them. One of the most frustrating parts of school for me was believing there was something wrong with my feelings because the adults I spoke to couldn’t relate, and I believe that’s one of the main reasons why kids don’t feel comfortable speaking up for themselves. Listening is key.”