Zora Howard is a Harlem raised writer, spoken word artist, actress, and activist. Learning the balance of writing for personal expression and performing for a theatre audience, she found spoken word at the age of thirteen. She began slamming the same year and won the Urban Word NYC Grand Slam finals, the youngest poet ever to do so. Her work with filmmaker Lisa Russell on the short film “Biracial Hair”, based on her original poem of the same title, won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity in 2009. Her work has also been showcased on HBO, PBS, NBC and on the second season of TV One series Verses and Flow. Also in 2009, she was named the inaugural NYC Youth Poet Laureate. During this appointment, Zora published her first collection of poems, CLUTCH. In recognition of her spoken word accomplishments, she was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 Amazing Women of the Year. That same year, she joined the award-winning spoken word poetry collective, The Strivers Row. Her performance poetry has allowed her the opportunity to perform in New York City at the Apollo Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well at various other venues across the nation and internationally.
She is currently studying comparative literature at Yale University. Zora Howard is represented by, The Strivers Row, an Artist Management Company.
“My family, as I consider it, is Harlem. I have an obligation to make my family proud, and lift my community up through the words that I write and those that I speak. “
- Zora Howard
Before Bed (Live in London)
Walking (Soul features x Strivers Row)