Stella Binion

Age 17
Chicago, IL
Midwest Region
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Stella Binion was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago with her two parents and her older brother. Stella has been writing before she could write, telling her mom to jot down her words on scraps of paper from the age of three. Her high school writing career began by attending Young Chicago Authors workshops and open mics which eventually lead to being a co-captain for the Rebirth Poetry Ensemble performance poetry team. Now she’s focusing on her on-page writing, looking up to the works of Robin Coste-Lewis, Warsan Shire, Suheir Hammad, and other women writers of color. Stella is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep, leads Payton’s Advisory Leader Organization (PALs), and is a member of Payton’s Organization of Women (POW).