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Poetry+Science: Session 2

The Poetry of Science aims to increase the representation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian & Pacific Islander, and People of Color’s (POCs) experiences in the fields of poetry and the sciences. The project's goal is to counter the negative associations handed down by systemic racism by creating new and positive associations between POC, the arts, the sciences. Cambridge-affiliated poets have collaborated with local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. Poems and associated portraits of the scientists will be printed and publicly installed. The Poetry of Science gives poets the opportunity to publish new work, and offer the scientists an avenue to understand their work in a new language, bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities—an analogous gesture in linking and strengthening distinct communities of color.

Sophie Laurence
Poetry of Science

Sophie Laurence’s favorite childhood poet was Robert Desnos (whose poems she recited by heart). Growing up, she also loved Korean sijo. Her first national honorable mention came in third grade with an original Korean sijo poem, “My Wild Panther,” published in Faces magazine. Later, in high school, her poem, “Complicit,” was a winner of a New York Times poetry contest. Laurence’s multilingualism (French, Korean, English) shapes her relationship with language. She studies computer languages and embraces music, color, and numbers as languages. Laurence is currently a first-year student at Amherst College, where she studies and writes poetry while majoring in computer science and political science.

Luisa Apolaya Torres
Poetry of Science

Luisa Fernanda Apolaya Torres is a Peruvian-born, Los Angeles–raised poet and is deeply honored to be a part of Poetry of Science. In high school, her English teacher insisted that she participate in a "Poetry Out Loud" competition—that's when she first savored the intrigue of words and pauses on her tongue and the inexplicable joy that stemmed from that. She studied mechanical engineering and theater at MIT. Her poetry is inspired by an assortment of things from her daily life—from trees to arduinos to inexplicable dichotomies.

In between phases, swing by Popportunity at Starlight Square for pop-up readings and performances by poets Sophie Laurence and Luisa Apolaya Torres as part of Poetry of Science, a collaboration between Cambridge-affiliated poets and local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. This project is supported by the Cambridge Arts Council.

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