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Hannah Sawyerr - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Hannah Sawyerr

Visiting Assistant Professor of English | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Education (2)

The New School: MFA, Creative Writing 2022

Morgan State University: B.A., English 2018

Accomplishments (5)

Adele V. Holden "New Voices" Award Recipient


Youth Poet Laureate of Baltimore City


NAACPAfro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Competition 1st place New Jersey State Level


The Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey (’47) Endowed Scholarship

2015 - 2018

NAACPAfro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Competition 3rd place National Level


Affiliations (3)

  • Co-Founder and President of Morgan State University’s “MSU Poets”
  • Editor of “The Sable Quill”, Morgan State University’s Literary Magazine
  • Title IX Office, Volunteer

Media Appearances (2)

A Self-Revolution of Love

Atticus Review  online


It’s common to hear that one should never judge a book based on its cover, but in the case of Hannah V. Sawyerr’s poetry collection, For Girls Growing Into Their Hips (Penmanship Books, 2017), it struck me right in the gut—the ideas of growing into your own body, developing physical features that don’t match child brains, dealing with a different type of attention from others, and the vulnerabilities that follow. We form endless questions: what is my true self? What is the impact of other peoples’ selves on my own? How can I separate what is really me and what is a result of these things I have endured? And so on.

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Best Up-and-Coming Poet: Hannah Sawyerr

The Baltimore Sun  online


Morgan State University junior Hannah Sawyerr must have learned early the old poetic trick of luring in listeners before springing the trap of poetry that leaves a mark. The Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate became the first woman to take on the position this winter at a competition in which she delivered a poem that begins as an ode to a Sunday dress before making a hard turn toward contemplations on faith and sexual assault. Sawyerr is now making the most of her year in the role, both as an artist and an advocate; not only has she performed as a featured reader for countless events, but she has used this newfound platform to speak about issues that matter to girls and women of color.

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Event Appearances (4)


SARU’s Night Out  John Hopkins,



SGA and SARU Annual Sex Week  John Hopkins



We Movement  WE Day



“Hannah - Do You Hear Us? - Extended.”  National Education Association (NEA)