Eleanor Wikstrom is a writer from Oakland, California.
Beginning at a young age, Eleanor's efforts to harness the intersection of writing and activism have been repeatedly recognized by local, national, and international entities. As a National YoungArts Winner in Writing (Spoken Word) and the 2019 Oakland Youth Vice Poet Laureate, Eleanor has performed her spoken word at events around the country, from the YWCA Inspire Awards to the United Nations 75th Anniversary Commemoration. In 2020, she used her platform to lead in-class workshops on creative expression as a counter to forces of colonization, which culminated in the publication of a student poetry anthology. Most recently, she published a long-form op-ed on Harvard's role in U.S. colonialism in the Philippines which topped the most-read list and was shared hundreds of times online.
Outside of writing, Eleanor holds multiple all-time records for the city of Oakland in the distance running events and was the 2020 California Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is currently a junior at Harvard College, where she is the Chair of the Editorial Board of The Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
WRITING AWARDS / RECOGNITION
2020 YoungArts Finalist & Winner in Writing (Spoken Word)
2020 Belle Foundation Grantee (Press Release)
2019 Vice Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland
2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Key (Journalism)
2017 Bow Seat International Advocacy Contest Bronze Award in Prose
2013 California Teacher's Association Youth Activist Award