2023 Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis
I am A Poet. I AM A FRIEND. I AM AN ADVENTURER.
A 17 year-old who grew up in Saint Louis city, Hobie Wolff is a poet who aims to capture different aspects of the human experience in her poetry. With subjects ranging from simple everyday moments to larger, front-page issues, Wolff hopes to use her poetry to open channels of discussion about current events, equity, human emotion, and personal, everyday experiences.
Drawing her inspiration from Ocean Vuong’s fragmented and impactful storytelling and Ada Limon’s ability to capture everyday moments and turn them into something beautiful, Wolff has been writing poetry for almost six years. She writes introspectively, trying to capture aspects of the human experience that are not often normalized or centralized such as grief, isolation, and mental illness. She uses her poetry as a platform to discuss current events and injustices she sees across her city and the nation. This can be seen in her discussion of the Delmar Divide in her poem “City of Houses.” She also uses her poetry to lay bare the adolescent experience of violence such as with her poem “October 24th.” Wolff continues to be active in her community through her workshops at other schools and the Spoken Word class she has been running through her school for two years. She plans to go to college on the west coast and hopes to continue her studies in Mandarin, photography, and literature as well as continuing to write and perform her poetry.