2020 Emerging Leader
Sarah O. Oso (she/her) is a Nigerian-American writer, poet, and storyteller. A first-generation immigrant and proud Atlanta resident, she commits to honoring the human experience through highlighting the importance of spoken and written expression. Her poetry crosses the bounds of genre and language and often explores the intimacies of identity, heritage, human connection, and faith. Numerous local readings and art events, including the annual AJC Decatur Book Festival, Poetry at Tech, and 2019 Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival, have featured Oso’s work, and her poetry has been Pushcart Prize-nominated, currently appearing in New Ohio Review, Rigorous, and Helen Literary Magazine, among others.
Oso is a recent Stamps President’s Scholar graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (’19), where she earned B.S. degrees in both Public Policy and Applied Language/Intercultural Studies and engaged in the research of social themes, focusing on healthcare disparity, food security, diversity impact, multimodal storytelling, advocacy, and activism. By day, she works closely with the community as a legal team associate, with an emphasis on immigration rights and aiding and empowering immigrants in navigating regulations and obtaining protected status.