Meet San Antonio’s Poet Laureate Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson


SAN ANTONIO – For Andrea Sanderson, or “Vocab” as she’s recognized within the artistic group, phrases have been a type of therapeutic.

“The first time I read a poem in public was for a memorial service for a friend of mine that was murdered. And that experience really impacted me, seeing how people responded, seeing how poetry can be very healing and therapeutic kept me involved,” Sanderson defined.

Shortly after Sanderson began getting extra concerned in music and hip-hop, performing slam poetry and songs at open mics and poetry occasions. Born and raised in San Antonio, Sanderson started placing on occasions herself for her faculty and group.

“I threw a concert at my school gym, like hundreds of kids showed up. It was an amazing experience. And I realized how music in hip hop and poetry and all the rhythm and the rhyme and the cadence could really affect people even further,” she stated. “And I just fell in love with it.”


Sanderson’s connections within the artist group ultimately inspired her to use to be town of San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, a job she sums up as “the ambassador for literacy and poetry in our local community.”

You can discover Sanderson performing or selling all issues artistic writing or efficiency at locations just like the Carver Community Center, Carver Branch Library and extra. She is presently being featured in an exhibit titled, “The Glorious Way She Moves” at the Carver Community Center, which may be explored each nearly and in-person.

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