From the outside it might look a bit dorky for a teenager to be into poetry. It might seem a bit quiet and gentle, a bit soft to always be talking, reading and writing about your feelings and other peoples'. It might not be cool to share that stuff with the people around you.
But Sam did it anyway. And it kinda paid off.
Sam fell for words, and more importantly the reactions they can get you, when he went to his first poetry slam a couple of years ago. From then on, it was part of him.
Sam wanted people to know that poetry isn't dead. That young people aren't apathetic. That they care about something.
So he and his English teacher and fellow poet, Hannah Monagle, set up Pipe Up, a poetry slam for young people in the Macedon Ranges. They also started Youngblood Poets, an online community for young people to celebrate each other's works and to share their own.
Pipe Up and Youngblood Poets are all about showing the world that the stereotype is wrong. They're about making the world see and listen and acknowledge.
Take your passion. Make it public. Be proud.
Whatever creative talent you've got, share it with the world.