As a current high school student at Oregon Episcopal School, Kaitlyn O’Neill(she/her) discovered her love for poetry in her tenth-grade English class. Kaitlyn has always had a passion for performing, so naturally, she found herself familiarizing herself with slam poetry in particular. Working with MediaRites is Kaitlyn’s first professional project, but she is sure that it certainly will not be the last! For example, an adaptation of her poem “Taken for Granted” was performed by Kaitlyn herself at the Armory in Portland in early June in partnership with DanceAbility. When Kaitlyn isn’t working on her poetry, she’s preparing for her career in musical theater by taking piano and singing lessons, dance classes, performing in school plays, and involving herself in many other local productions. Kaitlyn wants to thank her friends, family, and teachers for supporting her work and poetry, she couldn’t have done it without you all!