Heather Laurel Jensen is a junior at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ, who trusts poetry’s power to create community and connection. She believes the accessibility of poetry enables understanding, empathy, and reconciliation in the midst of conflict. She is co-president of Young Authors of Arizona, an art and writing nonprofit that provides teenagers with publication opportunities and an extensive creative community. Heather is also president and founder of her school’s poetry club, which competed in state finals in the Louder Than A Bomb Arizona Poetry Festival, where she won two individual awards for her poetry. Outside of poetry, she creates conceptual and portrait photography and participates on her high school debate team.