You’ve probably seen a glimpse of her around—the kindhearted, quiet girl with the contagious smile—or maybe you’ve read one of her pieces of writing— Sam and Salmon; December: A Collection of Festive Poems; or What Cookies, Hand Soap, and Spiderman: Homecoming Have in Common.
What ties this collection of attributes together? The one and only Emma Grob, a passionate artist, fashionista, language expert, and clay’s own resident poet. Emma, in her junior year of high school, resides in Delaware with her parents, older brother, and two cats and dogs. Although she already has an impressive three years of writing for clay under her belt, she has returned once more to the Arts & Culture column as the Poetry Analysis writer. Inspired mostly by the natural world and her thoughts or feelings, this talented wordsmith has added more than fifty poems to her portfolio as well as a first place award for a poetry competition with upwards of three-hundred-and-fifty-thousand participants.
Apart from writing poetry, Emma’s love for the fine arts extends to acting, singing, animation, photography, and reading in which she seeks an outlet for her creativity and escape from reality. As an actor, she enjoys investing herself in characters by portraying their unique problems and personalities, and as a reader, she similarly tries to feel the emotions of each individual in the story. A self-proclaimed dog-lover, she happily spends countless hours training dogs to become guides for the visually or hearing impaired.
Amiable and kind-hearted, Emma finds joy in doing missions work and seeing her actions changing people’s lives for the good. Upon being asked her dreams for the future, she muses that she would love to one day travel the world and become an occupational therapist for special needs children.
A Bible verse and a word of wisdom are what Emma wishes to impart on clay readers this year: Joshua 1:9 reminds us of God’s ever constant presence in the face of fear and urges, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
“Don’t give up on God. Even when it feels like everyone else has given up on you, God hasn’t.” ~Emma Grob