7 Inspirational Poets You Need in Your Life Right Now

7 Inspirational Poets You Need in Your Life Right Now

These featured poets are worthy of all the *snaps*

Slam poetry. While you may picture the stereotypical guy in a beret standing under a single spotlight and yelling at an audience who snaps approvingly, it is so far evolved from that. Slam poetry can be remarkably profound, sometimes even bringing you to tears or making you laugh harder than you thought possible. Whether you're a die hard slam fan or you just watch the videos that pop up on your Facebook time line, here are seven slam poets you need in your life now.

1. Harry Baker

Harry Baker brings a British charm and emotional depth to his poetry every time. 10/10 would recommend watching his Ted Talk as that contains some of his best work. "Scaffolding" is also a must read/watch.

2. Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn went viral on Youtube and Facebook for his poem "OCD". His poetry on mental illness is gritty and honest, and his book "Our Numbered Days" is a perfect travel read.

3. Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay's "If I Should Have a Daughter" poem featured in her Ted Talk is a favorite of many slam-poetry lovers. However, some of my favorites of hers involve collaborations with long-time friend, Phil Kaye (and as you'll find out in their origin story poem, no, they're not related). "When Love Arrives" is the duo's classic.

4. Shane Koyczan

"To This Day" by Shane Koyczan is an anti-bullying anthem that will send chills down your spine. "We are More" is another great one, a tribute to his home country of Canada.

5. Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali earned a spot on this list for his inspiring tributes to teachers everywhere, such as "What Teachers Make" and "Miracle Worker". "The Impotence of Proofreading" is also one of my favorite poems of all time.

6. Big Poppa E

Big Poppa E does humor so well and with a heartwarming touch. He paints a picture of young love with "Crushworthy" and "13 Metaphors for Why We Should've Never Dated".

7. Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a feminist slam icon. "I am an Emotional Creature" will leave you feeling empowered. She's also published some awesome poetry books that you should definitely check out should you have the time.

If you listen to all of these awesome poets and still want more, check out Rudy Francisco, Sierra Demulder, and Andrea Gibson for some other classics. The channel "Button Poetry" on Youtube will also fill your life with poetic joy. Happy slamming!

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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